When Starbucks kicked a few black men out of one of its stores for not buying anything, a national furor of black fragility hysteria swept the media. Starbucks brought in Eric Holder and closed all its stores to train employees on social justice and unconscious racism.
But kicking out ex-Muslims? That's fine with Starbucks.
Former Muslims with Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA) were kicked out of a Starbucks connected to a Hilton hotel in Houston, Texas, on Saturday. Video shows Lina, an ex-Muslim Syrian woman, physically barred from re-entering the Starbucks after she had bought an iced coffee and was expelled from the establishment for wearing a t-shirt.
In the video, a Hilton manager came out to prevent Lina from re-entering the Starbucks. At first, he suggested that if the EXMNA volunteer merely removed her t-shirt, she would be admitted. Later, however, he refused to allow her companion to enter the premises, even though he was not wearing an ex-Muslim t-shirt.
"You're not allowed on the property," the manager said. When asked why, he reiterated, "Because you're not allowed. You've got shirts right now."
When pressed again, the manager explained, "There's a protest going on. You can if you take your shirts off, whatever."
To this, Lina responded, "Why does my shirt offend you?" He shot back, "This is private property!"
The manger insisted that the EXMNA volunteers were not allowed in Starbucks because they were "part of the protest." The volunteers were in Houston for the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention near the Hilton hotel.
"Is it your statement that I can't be on your property because my shirt says I'm an ex-Muslim?" Lina pressed. The manager gave no clear response.
While this video was bad enough, it did not present the whole story. Lina was attempting to re-enter the Starbucks after getting booted, even though she had purchased a drink.
Take out the "Ex" part of the story and then imagine the media outrage. If you want to imagine it, let's flash back to when Tahera Ahmad, a Muslim flying on United, claimed that she was poured a cup of Diet Coke, but denied a can, because she was Muslim.
This silly non-story dominated the media for three days.
Muslim Chaplain Tahera Ahmad Denied Diet Coke on United Flight - NBC News
Flight attendant who denied unopened soda can to Muslim will no - Los Angeles Times
Muslim Woman Says Plane Crew Denied Her Unopened Soda Can - The Huffington Post
But if Ahmad had left Islam, discriminating against her would be just fine, according to the media left.