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Muslim groups call for Starbucks boycott over LGBT

Thursday, July 06, 2017 - 01:23

Muslim leaders in Indonesia and Malaysia have called for a boycott of Starbucks, saying that the international coffee chain's pro-gay stand is going against Islamic values. David Pollard reports.

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Can a global coffee chain promote the global fight for LGBT rights? This Muslim group says 'not in Malaysia'. (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Malaysia) PERKASA HIGH SUPREME COUNCIL MEMBER, AMINI AMIR ABDULLAH, SAYING: "Our objection is because they are promoting something that is against human instinct, against human behaviour and against religion. That's why we are against it." Muslim leaders in Malaysia now calling for a boycott of Starbucks - and for its operating licence to be revoked. The grievance new . .. Even if it dates back to pro-gay rights comments that are four years old - from Starbucks' chairman and former CEO Howard Schultz - now circulating online. (SOUNDBITE) (English) 40-YEAR-OLD ASSISTANT BANK MANAGER, MUHAMMAD AZRIL MARIDZUAN, SAYING: "I'm a Muslim, but ... this is actually a global issue, don't make it such an issue that we have to boycott such a company because of one small statement." There's the same boycott call in Indonesia - and a relaxed attitude from some customers. (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) JAKARTA RESIDENT, KORNELIUS KAMAJAYA, SAYING: "Personally I don't have any problems whether or not they support LGBT rights ... I love their products, not the CEO." But others less so .... This Jakarta resident says she supports the ban. While LGBT activists say recent years have seen a spike in intolerance ... In both Malaysia - where Islam is the official religion ... And Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population in the world.

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Muslim groups call for Starbucks boycott over LGBT

Thursday, July 06, 2017 - 01:23