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Gloria Jeans boycott"despicable" says ACL

Jim Wallace of the Australian Christian Lobby says the public boycotting of the Gloria Jeans coffee company for its hefty donation to the Lobby is “despicable” and he’s “bewildered and angry” about the situation.

Gloria Jeans’ $30,000 to the ACL was brought to our attention at the weekend, and prompted a huge online response as coffee drinkers frothed with disgust that their daily caffeine dose was funding the increasingly anti-gay so-called ‘Christian’ group.

A Boycott Gloria Jeans Facebook page has now got over 2,000 members, while our original story on the issue has been accessed over 20,000 times.

Only a day after the revelation of their donation attracted so much controversy, Gloria Jeans rushed to distance themselves from the ACL, claiming it was only a one-off donation and that the company is “proud of our culture of equality and embrace diversity across our entire business.” See its response in full here.

The ACL’s Jim Wallace now tells the ABC that the Lobby is bewildered and angry about the public controversy.

“I think it’s despicable and I think it just represents this unequal hold that the gay activists have on the press, the way they’re able to turn anything against those who protect marriage,” he said.

There’s also an online clean-up operation. Hundreds of angry public comments on Gloria Jeans’ Facebook page have disappeared, and now Facebookers are now no longer able to post on that page (they can still comment under Gloria Jeans’ official posts though – take a look).

Also updated in recent days is the Hillsong Church’s website, which listed Gloria Jeans Coffees as a “generous supporter” of its annual conference until Tuesday. The supporters page has now been updated with references to the coffee chain having mysteriously disappeared. Dave the Happy Singer’s blog noticed the change.

Meanwhile, rival coffee giant Starbucks’ vocal support of marriage equality has been a welcome refreshment after the whipping up of beverage-based outrage.

Starbucks Australia announced on Tuesday: “Core to who we are and what we value as a company is our belief in equal treatment of our partners (employees) and our customers. It is with this in mind that Starbucks Australia would like to publicly announce our proud support of Marriage Equality for all. Many of our stores and partners are actively participating in events and activities aimed at changing local legislation – together we can make a difference.”

The company’s support for the cause has proven to be great PR, even making the front page of Melbourne’s MX newspaper yesterday, complete with a witty punning headline:

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D_Francis19

D_Francis19 said on the 14th Jun, 2012

so apparently according to the ACL it's okay to Boycott Sunrise and all their advertisers for supporting marriage equality but its 'despicable' to boycott a company that supports discrimination and supports them? do i smell hypocrisy?

brodes13

brodes13 said on the 14th Jun, 2012

Americas version of the ACL called NOM had a crack at Starbuck america who came out in support of gay marriage earlier this year... Again, their hate filled campaigns failed and Starbucks held strong to their support.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/22/starbucks-gay-marriage-support-hrc-nom-protest_n_1372500.html

CasualAussie

CasualAussie said on the 14th Jun, 2012

I'm straight and I boycotted

Mr Wallace, it's not about being a gay activist, it's about being wise enough not to associate with anything to do with the ACL

DougBear

DougBear said on the 14th Jun, 2012

GJs statement that they are not affiliated with religious organisations is disingenuous. "Some of the best Gloria Jean%u2019s franchises are owned by Hillsong members, which helps Hillsong because they give 10% of their pre-tax dollars to the church. There are also Gloria Jean%u2019s coffee stalls at the many Hillsong conferences held each year, along with Gloria Jean%u2019s outlets at the Hillsong Church at Baulkham Hills. [Half-owner of GJ] Nabi Saleh uses his Assemblies of God connections (he is a director of the AOG Southern Cross College) to promote Gloria Jean%u2019s at other Pentecostal churches such as Paradise Community Church in Adelaide."
"ASIC reveals that Saleh has many business interests, including Gourmet Foods Australia, Petra Gourmet Coffee, Brothers Gourmet Coffees, Maranatha Import Export (which sells private-label coffee to supermarkets), and he is operationa director of Tea & Coffee Traders." He is also a director of two US evangelical organisations. http://www.christian-witness.org/pdf/penteMay05.pdf

little_fish

little_fish said on the 14th Jun, 2012

D_Francis19, exactly. But then again, hypocrisy is what these fundy Christians are good at. Let's not take away their only talent...

555Sean

555Sean said on the 14th Jun, 2012

Gosh, this is high-drama.

Who'd of thunk it? - Gay issues being fought over a cup of coffee.

Bugger! Gotta go to the shops... I've run out of popcorn. :lol:

TheOldie

TheOldie said on the 14th Jun, 2012



yep they dont like it when it happens to them.

trolls to the core

coast_boy_21

coast_boy_21 said on the 14th Jun, 2012

Queenslanders, if you support Gloria Jeans then effectively your also supporting the LNP as the LNP receives thousands in donations from the ACL which Gloria Jeans supports.

coast_boy_21

coast_boy_21 said on the 14th Jun, 2012

Gosh, this is high-drama.

Who'd of thunk it? - Gay issues being fought over a cup of coffee.

Bugger! Gotta go to the shops... I've run out of popcorn. :lol:

Well if we don't give this attention then maybe Gloria Jeans might even give the ACL a bigger donation than what they have already done. That is why this deserves attention.

ammonite

ammonite said on the 14th Jun, 2012

I'm a little disgusted that Starbucks is using this as a PR opportunity.

It's also possibly worth noting that Gloria Jeans is at least Australian owned and that Starbucks Australia is not.

Wonderland

Wonderland said on the 14th Jun, 2012

I'm a little disgusted that Starbucks is using this as a PR opportunity.

It's also possibly worth noting that Gloria Jeans is at least Australian owned and that Starbucks Australia is not.

Doesn't the end always justify the means?

Wonderland

Wonderland said on the 14th Jun, 2012


Short and sweet.
Fair enough.

str8metal

str8metal said on the 14th Jun, 2012

Another straight one here. I have boycotted them for years due to their affiliation with Hill song and earlier on Mercy Ministries. Power to you all, hate bigots.

lloydy

lloydy said on the 14th Jun, 2012

@ammomite. That's business, mate. Gotta strike while the irons hot - good p.r I think. And to our straight mates jumping on board: thank you :)

trina2004

trina2004 said on the 14th Jun, 2012

Good PR move by Starbucks. The ACL are home grown too and yet they are little more than a hate group.

wysi

wysi said on the 14th Jun, 2012

personally i prefer starbucks.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_SvC96b6Wgjs/SiVhzPo5R0I/AAAAAAAAA3M/ztx1ZV48uaA/s400/Starbucks+Iced+Constantine+Coffee.jpg



gloria jeans is just too bitter for my taste, literally.

Wonderland

Wonderland said on the 14th Jun, 2012

My espresso machine at home makes the best coffees/espresso's ever. I never buy anything from those chains.

Tanuki-san

Tanuki-san said on the 14th Jun, 2012

Do you "smell hypocrisy", D_Francis19? I'm surprised we're not all choking on the fumes! I hate GJ's coffee anyway, but now I have an even better reason to avoid it. "Hellsong" receives support from it and now this; GJ deserves all the flack it gets over this one.

Husky-D

Husky-D said on the 14th Jun, 2012

I'm a little disgusted that Starbucks is using this as a PR opportunity.

It's also possibly worth noting that Gloria Jeans is at least Australian owned and that Starbucks Australia is not.

Starbucks has always been a supporter of equality in the US.

wysi

wysi said on the 14th Jun, 2012

starbucks is a US company.

NoelV

NoelV said on the 14th Jun, 2012

@Ammonite shame on you! how dare you attack a company for standing up for your rights! If you go to Starbuck's Facebook page you will notice they were asked their stance on gay marriage, what were they meant to do, say nothing? Just because Gloria Jeans is an Australian company it doesn't give them the right to have bigoted ill informed views, they even realise that now. Frankly, I find it disgusting GJ's is now backpedaling because of the backlash. GJ's should stand up for what they believe in which is gay Australians shouldnt have the same rights as straight Australians.

davefreswater

davefreswater said on the 15th Jun, 2012

Well how about Gloria Jeans makes a $30,000 payment to gay and lesbian rights lobby? And by the way, im a active atheist.. and if you can preach to me, then I'll preach to you.. By making a choice over where I buy my coffee, I'm taking a small step.. If you are not gay, you have the choice to show compassion and empathy.

Matt Akersten

Matt Akersten said on the 15th Jun, 2012

Gosh! Further fallout today.

"headspace has been a proud supporter of the RU OK? Day campaign for the last two years and actively involved in promoting its activities and messages through our own networks.

However, the recent revelations that a major sponsor of the campaign, Gloria Jeans, made a significant donation to the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) in 2010 has given us cause for concern..."

http://www.facebook.com/notes/headspace/headspace-involvement-in-ruok-day/378314332230344?ref=notif¬if_t=like

Nate81

Nate81 said on the 19th Jun, 2012

I love how it is 'despicable' for us to boycott Gloria Jeans, but it is ok for the ACL to hate us and deny us equal rights.

Asherbella

Asherbella said on the 20th Jun, 2012

The yearning for validation from an organisation that refuses to respect marriage equality is about as sensible as wearing roller skates on an ice rink. Could cause harm and not realistic or safe.