Religious leader urges boycott of gay-friendly Starbucks



An Indonesian religious leader has called for a boycott of coffee giant Starbucks because of its support of LGBT rights.

Anwar Abbas, the leader of Muhammadiyah, an Indonesian religious group with 30 million supporters, said that the coffee chain’s support of LGBT rights threatened the religious and cultured core of Indonesia.

“If Starbucks only does business, then fine. But don’t bring ideology here,” he said, and criticised the company’s stance on same-sex marriage.

A far-right group in neighbouring Malaysia has also called for a boycott.

A spokesman for Perkasa Malaysia said: ” Perkasa urges Muslims in this country to boycott Starbucks because this United States-based international coffee chain supports LGBT and same-sex marriage.

“Perkasa also urges the government to reevaluate the trading licence given to companies that support same-sex marriages and LGBT.”

Homosexuality is legal in Indonesia, although police raids are not uncommon.

It is illegal in Malaysia and punishable by up to 20 years in prison.