Atheist quote on Starbucks cup offends Catholic woman.

It must have been a really slow news day Springboro, Ohio cause I can’t think of any other reason why they’d waste time on a story about a Starbucks addicted Catholic woman named Michelle Incanno who’s panties are all in a twist over an atheist quotation on a cup she got with her coffee. So what was the horrible affront to her God that she was unfairly confronted with?

Printed on the cup was: “Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? As cognitive beings, why would we ask something that may well be a figment of our imaginations for guidance? Why not search inside ourselves for the power to overcome? After all, we are strong enough to cause most of the catastrophes we need to endure.”

It is attributed to Bill Schell, a Starbucks customer from London, Ontario, and was included on the cup as part of an effort by the company to collect different viewpoints and spur discussion.

Holy shit! He’s advocating for a semblance of personal responsibility over simply praying to a God that may or may not exist! Self reliance is UNAMERICAN!

“As someone who loves God, I was so offended by that. I don’t think there needs to be religious dialogue on it. I just want coffee,” said Incanno, a married mother of three who is Catholic.

Welcome to my world Mrs. Michelle Incanno. It’d be really nice if I could make it through the day without having umpteen million Christian messages shoved in my face whether it’s those stupid billboards that pretend to be messages from God or the various True Believers who show up at my door to ask if I know where I’m going once I die or the various businesses that feel the need to promote Christianity with their services. If I ran off and bitched at a journalist every time I was confronted by something like that they’d have to print a special newspaper just for my complaints.

Rather than spend my time sitting around being offended, though, I just developed a thick enough skin that I can brush it off for the most part and I’d suggest you do the same.

She wasn’t satisfied with a company disclaimer saying the quote is the author’s opinion, not necessarily that of Starbucks. It invites customers to respond at http://www.starbucks.com/wayiseeit.

Starbucks spokeswoman Sanja Gould said the collection of thoughts and opinions is a “way to promote open, respectful conversation among a wide variety of individuals. “

But Incanno said her Starbucks days are over.

“I wouldn’t feel right going back,” she said.

Or you can swear off your favorite coffee shop if you prefer, but I don’t have that luxury considering how prevalent Christian nonsense is in America. I’m sure Starbucks won’t be hurting over the loss of one overly uptight Catholic.

48 thoughts on “Atheist quote on Starbucks cup offends Catholic woman.

  1. If an atheist quote on a Starbucks cup is going to offend you then maybe you should stay at home in bed under the blankets!

    Yes, I know I am stating the obvious but holy crap. If you are that sensitive and a quote can upset you then how do you live in this world?!? All kinds of crap happen day in and day out that should upset people and it doesn’t.

    Hopefully this woman’s friends and family don’t let her know about the war in Iraq. I’d imagine she’d die if she heard about all the death and destruction taking place to the Iraq as well as American people there.

    But if she is avoiding her own responsibility in her own life then this would be waaaaaaaay out of her grasp.

  2. I’m sure Starbucks won’t be hurting over the loss of one overly uptight Catholic. 

    Starbucks’ attitude shows unusual courage in the epicentre of world xianity.

  3. If it’s not the gays, it’s the atheists. We get it, you can howl about anything you want and if we object it’s discrimination, but if it offends you, then it’s wrong and has no place in public.

  4. Seems odd that Starbucks would put messages on coffee cups from a product liability standpoint. You know an, “I was reading my daily affirmation and my latte spilled in my crotch, mental duress, loss of sleep, punitive damages”, scenario.
    Christians, particularly of the Evangelical ilk, are of the only faith I know of that feel that it is their duty to proselytize. So, maybe Ms, Incanno is upset that someone is invading their well worn turf.
    Atheists that I know keep pretty quiet about it and I do think they feel a sense of discrimination. I have a friend in Texas who says Atheism is the Rodney Dangerfield of philosophy.
    So, good for mister Schell for having the motivation to submit his thoughts to the Starbucks coffee cup aphorism committee and God bless Ms. Incanno because, it’s always entertaining to watch a Christian go into hysteria when someone has a different viewpoint than their own.

  5. She needs to take that anger and rage and aim it at Father Peter’s diseased mentality and interest in little Peter’s, little peter.

  6. it’s always entertaining to watch a Christian go into hysteria when someone has a different viewpoint than their own.

    indeedy doody- They’re not all like that, but the apoplectic ones are fun.

    they’d have to print a special newspaper just for my complaints

    You mean this is just a normal blog?

    We have one of those ‘bible quoters’ turn up in the market square.  I’m just waiting for the day he decides I need to accept Jesus’ love.  Like a Penis, an athiest with a above average knowledge of the Bible (thanks in part to you good folks) and science is a True Believers Nightmare.  My (Christian) wife will be sooooooooooo angry at me showing her up in public.

  7. The problem is she can bitch all the way to the ceo of starbucks. Yet, I still can’t find a phone number, or website for that matter, to complain to god about all the religious crap I have to put up with.

  8. The Way I See It #224
    Darwinism’s impact on traditional social values has not been as benign as its advocates would like us to believe. Despite the efforts of its modern defenders to distance themselves from its baleful social consequences, Darwinism’s connection with eugenics, abortion and racism is a matter of historical record. And the record is not pretty.
    —Dr. Jonathan Wells

    Biologist and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design.

    A simple Google search yields a connection to the Discovery Institute.  I guess we can now use social ineptitudes of individuals to de-construct their arguments…

    But at least Starbucks is balanced.

  9. A few months ago John brought back from Starbucks a “The Way I See It” authored by some creationist expounding on the alleged superiority of humanity and what a travesty it is to teach children that they are genetically related to other species. We were both initially appalled, but then we remembered that we weren’t contractually obliged to purchase Starbucks coffee, so we had a good laugh.

  10. It’s a shame how influential negativity is – i think things are as they are because businesses, the law (in regard to suing), etc are so responsive to whoever shouts the loudest, and they can shout negativity because it’s subjectiveness isn’t subject to the same scrutiny as positivity. I think people don’t question negativity so much because it hits the weak spot of the subjectivity of personal opinion.

  11. Sadie, thanks for the George Sanders reference in your signature; it’s the first time I noticed it. I had some thought processes happening a few days ago and tried to recall his name and couldn’t.
    I liked his suicide note.

    Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool. Good luck.”.

    The contents of five empty tubes of Nembutal had its way with him.
    There was a programme on Euthanasia on the tube last nite and Philip reckoned the best method was Nembutal which can’t be bought in Oz these days but he showed us an ad from a woman’s magazine of the 50s heralding its ability to put terrible two-year olds to sleep with one or two tea spoons of the elixir.
    Re the Nembutal: the programme showed 20 oldies, who’d made a pact, making some Nembutal complete with the ‘double, double toil and trouble, fire burn, and caldron bubble’ witches’ mantra from Macbeth.
    These people were willing to risk up to 15 years imprisonment for manufacturing a prohibited substance just for the peace of mind of having an effective ‘non-violent’ way of exiting life when it became too bothersome.
    Ah, another subject.

    Timmeh: Yet, I still can’t find a phone number, or website for that matter, to complain to god about all the religious crap I have to put up with.

    You’ll never find that phone number mate.
    The only effective method of dealing with that disease is healthy doses of reality and we all know how subjective that is.

  12. “Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? As cognitive beings, why would we ask something that may well be a figment of our imaginations for guidance? Why not search inside ourselves for the power to overcome? After all, we are strong enough to cause most of the catastrophes we need to endure.”

    On the radio a few months ago someone- I wish could remember who- was being interviewed. He said he wanted to(or possible had) put little notes inside the books in the ‘Mind Body and Spirit” section of a bookshop that said

    Wise men and men of religeon spend a lifetime in quiet contemplation of the universe.  What makes you think you will find the secrets reading a self help book

    I would love to do this- why is the “MB&S” bit always twice as big as the Popular Science section? (That’s a rhetorical question, you- especially Distant Claws- don’t have to answer that LOL)

  13. Yet, I still can’t find a phone number, or website for that matter, to complain to god about all the religious crap I have to put up with.

    Timmeh, God sent me to tell you His e-mail address.  You can send your complaint here, and a note will be placed in the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.  If you’re in a hurry, you can get the prayer, request, or service complaint placed in the Wall within thirty minutes here, but it will cost you $120.  But maybe it’s worth it.

  14. Thank you but if I want to have some thing carved into a rock, I’ll do it myself. Hell that means a trip to the home depot( yesssss).

  15. I still think Starbucks coffee is crap, but my respect for them just went up a smidgeon.  When we get God off my money and out of the Pledge, THEN you can talk to me about being bothered by unsolicited religious messages.

  16. btw: It would also be interesting what this woman would think of a pro-religious message on the cup.  I’d be willing to bet she doesn’t have a problem with that.

  17. Swordsbane: I still think Starbucks coffee is crap

    That it is. It’s unfortunate when I go on Starbucks benders, because all the while I’m thinking to myself “Why am I addicted to this shit?” Then I remember the copious amounts of caffeine they inject into their beverages, and it all falls into place. Anymore, I get my coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts. I think my nervous system appreciates it.

    Sadie, thanks for the George Sanders reference in your signature

    Don’t thank me, thank Ray Davies.

  18. He is mentioned in The Kinks’ song Celluloid Heroes: “And if you covered him with garbage/George Sanders would still have style,” referring in fact to his star on Hollywood Blvd and referring allegorically to Sander’s screen persona.

    Jeez; you make me work for it. wink

  19. Somehow I’ve still managed to go through life so far without ever having a Starbucks at all.

  20. Just a note to let you know. My son got one of the cups that had The Way I See It #247. He poured his coffee out and made his wife pour hers out. He informed me and my husband and we were a couple of you customers. As I said WERE.

  21. Just a note to let you know. My son got one of the cups that had The Way I See It #247. He poured his coffee out and made his wife pour hers out. He informed me and my husband and we were a couple of you customers. As I said WERE.

    WTF does “The Way I See It #247” mean? Is that SatanTalk for Reality?
    And … WTF is a “you customer”?
    Have you bastards been inventing new code words while I wasn’t looking?
    And there I thought I had my fingers on the Pulse of USian ‘culture’.
    AND, Dara, has your son and his wife stopped being you customers or have your husband and you joined your son and his wife in having been, as in past tense, you customers?

    I’m from Oz – home-schooling is very rare over here therefore every one gets a pret-ty good education resulting in the fact that we tend to explain ourselves a little better.

    AND, why does Dara’s post remind me of ….
    Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

    I think I’ve got it sorted out now: 2 + 4 + 7 = 13.
    That’s an unlucky-number number isn’t it? It’d really affect you … being all ‘tardy and superstitious and believing in imaginary gods and devils and such.

    I don’t think I can extract too much more juice from this ‘tard.

  22. Would you feel better if the cup said something like this? Don’t think about how the world works, because “god” dosen’t like it when you do. Your idea of a “god” is self contradictry (for this I use the bible as that’s more than likely your basis for “god”)
    Jer. 13:14 as opposed to James 5:11,Ps. 145:9…
    Gen. 32:30, Ex. 33:11 compaired to John 1:18, Ex. 33:20…
    Gen. 22:1 to James 1:13
    Ex. 15:3 to Rom. 15:33
    The list goes on and on

  23. Dara, that’s your choice I suppose, but it seems kinda stupid to me to stop patronizing an establishment over a single quote on a coffee cup you didn’t like. If I were to stop patronizing every establishment that slapped Bible versus all over something they sold I’d have only a handful of shops I could frequent.

    Rather than get all indignant and pissy about it I just accept the fact that some nuts believe in that Bible crap and do my best to ignore it.

    LJ, Dara is making reference to the coffee cup quote I wrote about in the original entry.

  24. Dara, that’s your choice I suppose, but it seems kinda stupid to me to stop patronizing an establishment over a single quote on a coffee cup you didn’t like.

    Don’t forget that those are the views of a patron not the company.

  25. This highlights the problems I see with having bible stuff in government buildings.  My first reaction is to say “I don’t care”  after all, unless they start making religion a test to keep your citizenship or your right to vote, I don’t care what some dumb guy has in his office or on the side of the capital.  I do want to know who put them there so I can vote against them in the next election.

    Then I thought about all the times someone had the guts to put an unconditionally athiest message somewhere and how everytime that happens, they are harrassed and even attacked sometimes until they take it down, and of course you never see an athiest message in a courtroom.  The argument for keeping bible messages is “It’s their opinion” or “It’s a good message.  It doesn’t matter where it comes from”  but that doesn’t apply to the atheist messages, and I agree.  That should work both ways, but it doesn’t.

    So now, I think – “When they can let it slide when they see an athiest message, I’ll let it slide when I see a bible message.”  When I see things like this; people freaking out when they get shown a message on a coffee cup that isn’t even the opinion of those who presented it, I want to slap them and shout “Then don’t read your coffee!  Just drink it.”

    It’s a simple double standard.  Everyone is supposed to shrug their shoulders and move on when they are ambushed by a bible verse in or on something, but we’re supposed to get upset and boycott a company when they have the temerity to show the other side.  How many specifically religious messages do they have for those coffee cups?  Does anyone know?  Did any of the complainers even try to find out?

  26. I doubt they did any research at all, Hell you have been around long enough to know they only have faith to fall back on. Most people are happy to not think and just go about their lives.

  27. He poured his coffee out and made his wife pour hers out.

    Am I the only one who feels sorry for the wife?

    I’m relieved, though, that there’s one bunch of in-duh-viduals not “open, respectful conversation among a wide variety of individuals” that I won’t encounter during my rare visits to Starbucks. Good riddance.

  28. I do feel sorry for the wife – she just got a hot cup of coffee and her husband goes off on a thing about what’s printed on the cup.

    Which googles as follows:

    Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? As cognitive beings, why would we ask something that may well be a figment of our imaginations for guidance? Why not search inside us for the power to overcome? After all, we are strong enough to cause most of the catastrophes we need to endure. – Bill Scheel

    So offensive!  Mmmm, coffee…

  29. Swordsbane- get a plaque that says

    I don’t need a god to tell me murder is wrong.

    See what the religeous guy with his 10 commandments makes of that!

  30. I thinks that’s an excellent point to make because if we need someone to tell us murder is wrong, than atheists would tend to commit more crimes.  And it would make me feel pretty helpless to know I can’t think for myself.

    On the flip side if, as LJ would say, invisible sky chappies (I just like the way that sounds for some reason) are controlling us and telling us what we can and cannot do, then if I commit murder under the name of God then I must be justified in my action.

  31. It makes you wonder why the prison populations is made up of far less atheists than the general population is. In the U.S. about 13% is nonreligious (that includes agnostics) while in prison this number drops to about .5%.

  32. In the U.S. about 13% is nonreligious (that includes agnostics) while in prison this number drops to about .5%.

    Do I think I’m so smart because I’m an Atheist?
    No, I’m an Atheist cos I’m so smart.

  33. To:  letters@worldnetdaily.com

    Dear Editor,

    Well, first off, let me say that I’m an idiot just like everybody else here on this website, and I gotta say, I love, love, love you, and I couldn’t agree more about them anti-God Starbucks cups and all.

    I mean, they must all be a bunch of Ho-ly-Mo-ly-Sexuals (Queers), don’t cha think?
    They may be smart, okay, but they ain’t goin to Heaven with you and me. Hah!

    If God wanted people to be so smart, why did he invent the Pope and Jerry Falwell?  Why did he make G.W. Bush become our President?  So there, Mr. Smarty Pants!  We’ll be waving at you down there in the Pits of Hellfire.  Hah!

    I mean, my IQ is about 82 or 83 (depending on how much Starbinky’s coffee I drank that day—joke, ha-ha), and I am PROUD OF IT!!!

    STAND UP AND SHOW YOUR PRIDE, FELLOW IDIOTS!!!  DO NOT BE ASHAMED TO LOOOOOVE GOD, have a LOT OF BABIES, and drive, drive, drive that big mother honker SUV right down their pointy little “Global Warming” genius heads.  Hoo-hah!

    And the same goes for them High In-Fidelities over in IraQ(ueer) and IranY (joke—get it?).  They gonna be down there with all the little
    Starbuckys faggots and gonna be cuttin their pointy little heads right off.  Hah! 

    I mean, what kind of country would put a “Q” in their name, anyway?

    Speaking of which, did you ever notice the striking parallels between inFidels and Fidel Castro?  I’d say it’s not just a coincidence, but more likely that his mother planned it that way.  What do you think?

    I’ll bet a lot of people never even noticed.  This could be worked up into a nice article for the website!

    Keep up the GOD work, WND!!
    Go! Go! Go! Team!
    Your biggest fan forever,

    Dorbel Tweeter

  34. I got a cup from Starbucks with the same message. It is now placed up on a shelf in my office at work for all to see.

  35. I don’t believe in God, so I guess I don’t believe in the Devil, but if there were a Devil, he would be 100% behind Starbucks, a company that grew by driving out their higher quality competitors with sneaky, underhanded tricks, like offering their competitors’ landlords more rent if they kick out the local guy.

    Add that to the fact that they must hire unlicensed plumbers, because their coffee tastes like the coffee maker is hooked up to the outflow pipe of the men’s room, and the bottom line is that Starbucks net contribution to society is a big negative.

  36. perhaps all the Atheists should hide under the covers when they are offended by seeing displays of Christianity in this country that was, and IS, dedicated to the one True god Jesus Christ Who rose from the dead.

    We will all know the truth in 10,000 years

  37. Cedric, atheists don’t have a problem with most displays of Christianity. Only when it’s being promoted by the Government do we get our dander up because that’s a clear violation of the First Amendment. You can put all the Christian displays you want on your private property be that your home, your business, your church, or what have you. Go display crazy for all we care. Just keep it off City Hall’s lawn or the courthouse or school walls and there won’t be a problem. Sure, we may roll our eyes at you a bit and maybe make a snarky comment about an inferiority complex, but there won’t be any lawsuits over it.

    And, for the record, our country isn’t dedicated to Jesus Christ. There was much debate during the Constitutional Convention about whether to include language evoking Jesus and it was voted down. In fact, it’s a matter of actual law that this country was not founded in any way on the Christian religion.

    As for knowing the truth in 10,000 years. Yeah, I don’t plan on being around that long.

  38. I do feel a certain amount of sadness & negativity reading the subject material and of course, some of the comments…

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