Muslim Groups Abandon Starbucks Over LGBTQIXYZ
Muslim groups in Indonesia and Malaysia are calling for a nationwide boycott of Starbucks for the company’s open support for gay rights. Indonesia’s second largest Muslim sect with more than 29 million followers is denouncing the America chain for statements made years ago by then CEO Howard Schultz in defense of same sex marriage and the rights of homosexuals.
That is just the beginning it seems for both countries however as other western companies that openly embrace and support the LGBT community including Microsoft and Apple are also being targeted for boycotts.
In Malaysia homosexuality among men is basically illegal because sodomy is illegal and punishable by 20 years in prison. Indonesia meanwhile is considering a case before the Constitutional Court that would criminalize homosexuality and same sex marriage.
Some scholars say it is the latest in a trend toward more strict adherence to Muslim beliefs and Sharia Law in many Muslim countries.