Tuesday, September 20, 2005

University Bans Paper Cup With Queer-Positive Quote

(Link) Fearing student coffee-drinkers might catch the ghey, Concerned Women for America pressures Baylor to ban a particular Starbucks cup from the campus. If only recruiting was that easy!


LNewsEditor said...

JIC Post:
The Associated Press

WACO, Texas – Coffee cups with a gay author's quote about growing up homosexual have been pulled from Baylor University's Starbucks coffee shop.

Dining contractor Aramark pulled the cups earlier this month from the campus store following an e-mail sent to Baylor's dining service, saying the quote was inappropriate at a Baptist University.

Aramark, which oversees the coffee outlet, consulted with Starbucks' district office and removed the cups to avoid offending others, Baylor officials said Monday.

"My understanding is it was a decision made by Baylor dining services staff, and I've not yet been able to trace it back to any Baylor administrators telling them point-blank to pull the cup," Baylor spokesman Larry Brumley said. "I think they were trying to be sensitive. Obviously, Baylor is a Baptist-affiliated institution, and Baptists as a denomination have been pretty outspoken on the record about the denomination's views about the homosexual lifestyle."

The quote from novelist Armistead Maupin reads:

"My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don't make that mistake yourself. Life's too damn short."

Concerned Women for America, a national Christian women's organization, says Starbucks, which is based in Seattle, is promoting a homosexual agenda with the cup.

Cade Hammond, president of the board of directors for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of Central Texas, said he sees pulling the cups as unnecessarily restrictive.

LNewsEditor said...

By sheer coincidence, I got this very cup (Quote #43) yesterday, courtesy of a morning coffee run -- stuck on the outside of the cup that actually held my java. Of course I'm keeping it on my desk as a souvenir. "Ooh, banned at Baylor... It's a beautiful thing!"