Muslim groups call for Starbucks boycott

Muslim organisations in Indonesia and Malaysia have called for a Starbucks boycott over the brand’s support for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights.

In Indonesia, the leaders of Muhammadiyah have even urged the government to revoke Starbucks’ business licence, AFP reports.

“The ideology, business and view Starbucks supports are against our ideology,” says the group’s head of economic affairs Anwar Abbas.

Another leader of the organisation, Yunahar Ilyas, called on Muslims not to drink in Starbucks “so the income is not used to strengthen LGBT campaigns”.

Meanwhile in Malaysia, the Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia group has asked the government to “re-evaluate” the trading licence given to companies that support same-sex marriages and LGBT rights.

In the Indonesian province of Aceh, two men were caned in May for having homosexual sex, while a new court ruling restricts the country’s central government from reversing local sharia ordinances. And in Malaysia, government officials have launched a competition for videos about “preventing” homosexuality.

Homosexuality has long been taboo in Malaysia, where 60 per cent of the population is Muslim, and where sodomy is a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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