Weatherford Democrat

Aledo ExtrA

June 17, 2013

Barton not calling for Starbucks boycott

By Judy Sheridan

Aledo resident David Barton, a well-known proponent of morally conservative causes, denies that he is advocating that Christians boycott Starbucks due to the company’s support for legalizing gay marriage, as Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy reported in a June 12 column.

“This is much ado about nothing, a 30-second allusion in a 45-minute message,” Barton said. “He’s giving it a lot more focus than I do.”

Kennedy’s column stated that Barton recently told congregants in an Alabama church that Christians shouldn’t buy coffee from a company that he said is “attacking God.”

He penned that Barton was “on a barnstorming tour and ginning up opposition to Starbucks over corporate financial support for propositions legalizing gay marriage.”

Barton, however, said it was a small part of a sermon that used quotes from U.S. presidents to support the importance of the Bible in cultural institutions. He said he was giving a personal rationale for what he does with his own dollars.

“Why would I fund my opponent to help defeat what I believe or support,” he asked. “If I’m in the American military, I’m not going to contribute to the Holy Land Foundation, which funds Al Qaeda.

“If I’m a Democrat, I’m not going to contribute to the Republican National Committee.”

In his column, Kennedy pointed out that Barton critic Warren Throckmorton, a college professor in Pennsylvania, “noted that Barton sells books through Amazon.com, which supported the same propositions.”

That’s different, Barton said.

“I’m not paying Amazon; Amazon’s paying me,” he said. “I’m not giving them profits. It’s the other way around.”

Barton said Starbucks has “poured money into defeating traditional marriage in Washington state.”

In fact, last year the company’s support of efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in the state led the National Organization for Marriage to organize a Starbucks boycott, according to a March 25 article in The Washington Post.

Two months ago, Starbucks shareholder Thomas Strobhar, founder of the Corporate Morality Action Center, was told to invest elsewhere when he complained about the boycott’s effect on profits during a shareholder meeting, The Post reported.

Barton said supporting the legalization of gay marriage would not be consistent with Biblical teachings.

“From the position of traditional Christianity there’s no way to do that,” he said.

He said Kennedy’s column will draw more attention to the issue than anything Barton includes as part of a sermon.

“I’ve been his whipping boy for at least 20 years,” he said. “We have different philosophical beliefs.”

To see a video of Barton’s remarks, go to http://youtu.be/ajDtKzZW2Ik.

1
Text Only
Aledo ExtrA
  • IMG_7134.JPG Despite cold, peach crops looking rosy

    Parker County peach growers won’t know for sure for a few more days, but as of Wednesday, one day after April temperatures plummeted into the low 30s, they’re predicting a good, even rosy, peach harvest for this year’s Parker County Peach Festival.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Aledo ISD "Shattered Dreams" and parent workshop

    Aledo ISD high school students will get a taste of what it’s like to be in a car accident with fatalities Thursday, April 17th, and Friday, April 18th, as they participate in “Shattered Dreams,” a program designed to save lives. A parent workshop about the topics addressed in the program will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 17.

    April 16, 2014

  • Hitting the trail for MS

    STEPHENVILLE – The Cowboy Capital MS Trail Ride is a fun-filled event dedicated to raising funds that support national research into the cause and cure for Multiple Sclerosis as well as provide programs to more than 9,000 people in the Lone Star Chapter area whose lives are touched by MS.

    April 16, 2014

  • Parker County man killed in single-vehicle wreck

    A 60-year-old Parker County man was killed around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash in the 2100 block of FM Road 3325, also known as Farmer Road.

    April 15, 2014

  • hiebert_kim.jpg Aledo City Council Place 4 candidates for May 10 election

    Early voting for the May 10 general election begins April 28. Following is some information gathered from the candidates for the Place 4 Aledo City Council seat. Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall is running for re-election unopposed.

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Jean Bailey photo.jpg Aledo City Council Place 2 candidates

    Early voting for the May 10 general election begins April 28. Following is some information gathered from the candidates running for the Aledo City Council Place 2 seat. Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall is running for re-election unopposed.

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • USAF photo.jpg USAF heroes to Ride for Heroes

    The 12th annual Ride for Heroes bike ride this Saturday in Aledo will include some VIPs: members of the United States Air Force Cycling Team.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • FM 5 intersection makeover

    City of Willow Park officials were recently told that a planned reconstruction of the intersection of Interstate 20 frontage roads and FM Road 5 now has funding from the state and is moving ahead.

    April 15, 2014

  • DSC_0074.JPG Bearcat Bootcamp holds successful fundraiser

    Bearcat Bootcamp, an Aledo fitness organization, held its first 1-mile Fun Run and Back the Bearcats 5K race April 5.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hearing held for Annetta Crime Control District

    The Crime Control and Prevention District proposed for the Town of Annetta — which voters have the chance to accept or reject in the May 10 election — moved forward last week with an April 7 public hearing.

    April 15, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case