STARBUCKS BANS WOMEN FROM STORE IN SAUDI ARABIA

“Please no entry for ladies”

I keep hearing that Islam is diverse and tolerant. Also Mohammed, when he wasn’t raping captured women and little girls, was the original feminist. But this is what life in the holy land of Islam looks like.

A sign typed in both Arabic and English on the door of a Starbucks branch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia informed customers that women were banned from the store and would not be served, the Independent reported on Thursday, citing the Arabic language daily Al Weaam.

“Please no entry for ladies only send your [male] driver to order,” read the green sign taped to the door of the international coffee chain store.

Saudi Arabia’s religious police, the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, banned female patrons from the coffee shop after it found during an inspection that a gender partition wall inside the store had collapsed.

A spokeswoman for the Starbucks franchise explained that the company adheres to local customs and was working to refurbish the store to meet the needs of the region.

“Starbucks in Saudi Arabia adheres to the local customs by providing separate entrances for families as well as single people,” said the company in a statement. “We are working as quickly as possible as we refurbish our Jarir store, so that we may again welcome all customers in accordance with local customs.”

Now Starbucks didn’t invent these rules. Islam did. But Starbucks chooses to operate under them and to enforce them. And there’s little to no outrage over it.

Starbucks has already gone pretty far in pandering to Muslim anti-Semitism. Its website has a FAQ that reassures Muslims that Starbucks has nothing to do with Israel.

Though our roots are in the United States, we are a global company with stores in 65 countries, including nearly 600 stores in 12 Middle Eastern and North African countries employing more than 10,000 partners (employees).

… though not Israel. Also Starbucks would like Muslims to know it doesn’t support the Jewish State.

Is it true that Starbucks or Howard Schultz provides financial support to Israel?

No. This is absolutely untrue. Rumors that Starbucks or Howard provides financial support to the Israeli government and/or the Israeli Army are unequivocally false.

Good to know. I wouldn’t want that $30 pumpkin goat cheese artisanal organic free range cranberry latte to in any way be subsidizing the Little Satan.

But it is interesting how liberal values, which would normally be outraged at banning women from stores, shut down when it comes to Islam. The most progressive companies will go a long way to pandering to Muslim bigotry, whether it’s against women or Jews.