Now When You Say, ‘God, That’s Good Coffee’ You Can Be Supporting Anti-Gay Hate In The Same Mouthful
The American Family Association has launched the Thomas Street Coffee Company to “help share the gospel of Christ with unreached people,” and to harvest not only coffee beans from developing nations, but to convert growers and their workers into Christians — while harvesting the profits of unsuspecting indigenous peoples.
The American Family Association is a fundamentalist evangelical Christian group that claims — possibly for tax reasons — to be a “ministry,” and is included among the Southern Poverty Law Center’s active anti-gay hate groups list.
Thomas Street Coffee has been in the works for months, with the website being registered in March, a promo segment on Fox News’ Sean Hannity show, and a Twitter presence indicating a “soft opening” without any fanfare earlier this month, but the official announcement came Monday via the AFA’s One Million Moms’ Facebook page.
“One Million Moms is extremely excited to introduce the American Family Association’s newest division, Thomas Street Coffee Company,” the Christian watchdog group of not one million announced via Facebook Monday. “With every sip of this delicious coffee, you can know you are helping share the Good News with those around the world.”
“If you, your family or your church is mission driven, want to support a Godly cause or just love great coffee then this is the coffee for you,” One Million Moms added:
It’s hard to imagine that something as common as coffee can help share the gospel of Christ with unreached people. At Thomas Street Coffee, every bean is picked, roasted, packaged and delivered with that goal in mind.
TSC purchases beans from farmers in Ethiopia, Uganda, Honduras, Indonesia and other countries where 40% of unreached people groups live. Through strategic partnerships, those purchases contribute to evangelistic efforts, schools, libraries, medical facilities, women’s literacy programs, clean water wells, church planting, financial instruction and agricultural education.
Then, through sales of specialty coffee in the United States, TSC helps underwrite the ministry of our parent organization, The American Family Association.
While we’re not exactly sure what “unreached people groups” are, we’re certainly sure what “TSC helps underwrite the ministry of our parent organization, The American Family Association” means. It means that every cup of Thomas Street Coffee sold, every pound, goes toward furthering an agenda of anti-gay hate. That is strong coffee!
The coffee is sold in blends with names like “Courage,” and “Relationship,” and by country of origin, like Honduras, Papua New Guinea, and Uganda — a favorite of American evangelicals.
Thomas Street Coffee apparently will be able to give cover to any American Family Association presence in Uganda, a country besieged by American evangelicals who have used religion to turn the small African nation into a raging pool of hate and homophobia. American evangelicals have been blamed by Uganda’s LGBT activists as being the impetus for their country’s “Kill The Gays” bill, and even for the 2011 death of Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato.
Wake up and smell the Uganda pic.twitter.com/octazZoSW8
— Thomas Street Coffee (@thomasstcoffee) July 18, 2013
“Uganda is a new and flourishing coffee growing region,” the Thomas Street site says:
The coffee is roasted to a medium dark roast designed to exhibit the qualities of dark chocolate with sweet hints of cherry and citrus, concluding with a smooth and sweet finish. We have partnered with an organization to bring in coffee direct from this region, which supports church planting, discipleship, and provision for widows and orphans.
One of the coffee importers the American Family Association lists on their Thomas Street Coffee Company website is Mark McKee, founder of Passionate Harvest. The profile on the Thomas Street Coffee site and in an AFA “journal” actually brags about how they evade the laws of the countries they infiltrate:
“All those hands that bring us our coffee are hands that have likely never held a Bible.” For Mark McKee, founder of Passionate Harvest, the response is obvious: we want coffee, they need Christ.
“Coffee is the world’s second most traded commodity (after oil),” he pointed out. “And the countries that produce coffee are also the countries in the 10-40 window, the 10% of the world’s landmass where 40% of unreached people groups live, such as Ethiopia, Uganda, Malaysia, Yemen, Indonesia, Thailand. So that opens up a vast territory to be reached.
” It’s the ideal territory for a non-traditional missionary like McKee. Although he began a missionary career with Youth With A Mission, God led him aside, into the restaurant business and then the coffee industry.
One day, it became clear to him – since the coffee growing regions and the 10-40 window are nearly identical, coffee was his route to missions. When buying coffee means making inroads into places where Christ is not known or welcome, it opens up a vast landscape typically closed to missionary efforts.
“The gospel is often very feared in those countries,” McKee explained. “It’s illegal in many of those areas to proselytize. Missionaries would normally get kicked out by the government.” And so what may have once seemed to McKee like a detour from his missionary calling has proved to be the most direct route to reach lost nations. All in the name of coffee, Mark travels to these countries, establishes contact with growers and works to improve the quality of their coffee, something that also means a better quality of life for them. In the process, people hear the name of Christ, and native Christians are born to carry on with evangelism after McKee has gone.
“I come in and say, ‘I’m an expert on coffee and I want to work with you to make your coffee better and give you more money for it. And we’re going to provide schools and help provide for your kids,’” McKee said. “And they’re like, ‘Wow, we really like what these Christians are doing.’ So, it actually opens doors for sharing the gospel.
“They look at a Christian who is sent and supported by a missionary organization like, ‘That’s a professional Christian; he gets paid to share his Jesus with me.’ But when someone’s there to help them set up a business and make money, they see a different view of it. And it allows missionaries to stay in countries where you can’t have a missionary visa.”
Because to groups like the American Family Association, lying for Christ is never a sin.
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