Denounce the Anti-Gay Views of Willow Creek Community Church
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Denounce the Anti-Gay Views of Willow Creek Community Church

    1. Asher Huey
    2. Petition by

      Asher Huey

      Washington, DC

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August 2011

Victory

Starbucks' CEO Howard Schultz cancelled his appearance at the Willow Creek International Leadership summit after more than 700 people signed Asher Huey's Change.org petition.

Asher called upon Starbucks to denounce the anti-gay views of the Church after learning about their past with Exodus International which promotes the dangerous practice of so called "ex-gay" therapy. 

Starbucks Chairman and CEO, Howard Schultz, is speaking at a conference hosted at and sponsored by an anti-gay church. This is unacceptable.

The church that is sponsoring the event on August 11th and 12th has a long history anti-gay persecution. For decades the church was a member of Exodus International, the organization that seeks to cure homosexuality through dangerous conversion therapy. The church split ways with the group, but in doing so stated that it wasn’t a change in belief but a change in focus. The church also has their own “outreach” programs to the LGBT community to spread their anti-lgbt message.

Organizations that attempt to cure people of their sexual orientation are dangerous. They are rejected by major medical organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association.

Starbucks has sought to build an inclusive atmosphere. They have even received 100 scores on the HRC equality index, but earlier this summer there was a dust up when an openly gay employee was the subject of a an anti-gay tirade by a manager and fired in front of customers.

Starbucks should immediately denounce the views of this church, before the CEO speaks at their “leadership” summit.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. More still speaking

      Asher Huey
      Petition Organizer

      Though Howard Schultz withdrew, others are still speaking at the event, including Michelle Rhee. It's important to keep an eye on events like this in the future!

      Thanks again to everyone!

    2. Victory

      Asher Huey
      Petition Organizer

      The Starbucks CEO has withdrawn from the conference! News publications have picked it up around the country!

      Thank you to everyone who has signed the petition!

    3. Reached 750 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Darrell Bezet BATON ROUGE, LA
      • about 3 years ago

      show no mercy and you get no mercy what would jesus do he that is without sin thro the frist stone AMEN

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    • Charlie D. C. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 3 years ago

      I'm gay but I think churches and individuals should have the freedom to handle these issues how they like to, of course in healthy ways. This petition is misleading. I don't know of a single organization today, including Exodus, that claims to "cure people of their sexual orientation." This type of bullying is wrong - it's cousin to the hatred that is so often directed toward us. We've made great progress but this is not helping. Instead of expressing intolerance towards people that want to thoughtfully work out their sexuality according to their faith, let's engage them in good conversations with open minds. How about you go to a church like Willow Creek with a support group for people with same-sex attraction and ask if you can get involved instead of bullying them from the outside? Further, this site sux. Apparently you must sign the petition to leave a comment - a great way to engage conversation. "Tell us what you think as long as you agree."

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    • Un Believable BARRINGTON, IL
      • about 3 years ago

      I personally attend Willow Creek Community Church, and I personally know two gay people that attend the church regularly. They do not hate gays, they accept gays while acknowledging that it is biblically wrong. This is unbelievable that you guys believe this. The person who started this has no idea what they are talking about.

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    • Randy Stein DENVER, CO
      • about 3 years ago

      I guess Starbucks doesn't need or want the income from gays and lesbians. Your Chairman & CEO Howard Schultz is making a huge mistake by being friendly with groups who hate, and it could cost you millions. Your choice.

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    • Nora Guadalajara SALINAS, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      my money will no longer go to starbucks unless visit to the conference is canceled.

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