Wal-Mart, the AFA and the boycott that happened anyway

by John Hawkins | November 27, 2006 2:24 pm

Well, to catch you up to speed…Wal-Mart did several things to cozy up to the homosexual activists, (who knows why, since they don’t represent a very large consumer base, and the demands they make are always over-the-top). Anyway, some Wal-Mart employees found out, quit publicly, in protest and a boycott was called. Wal-Mart offered a contradictory "apology" that said, more or less, "we didn’t do it, and we won’t do it again.". So the AFA, who was the most visible group calling for the boycott, called it off, except in spite of being mindless robots as the MSM likes to portray us, Conservative Christians didn’t follow lock-step behind Don Wildman. In other words, we boycotted Wal-Mart anyway. 

Yeah, but a handful of religious extremists would hardly make that much of an impact, right? Wrong.

From the Associated Press[1]…

The nation’s retailers had a strong start to the holiday shopping season, according to results announced Saturday by a national research group that tracks sales at mall-based stores. One big exception was Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which said it expects to report same-store sales in November below its already lackluster forecast.

So will Wal-Mart ban homosexuals from shopping there? That’s what the homosexual activists would want people to think, but not one of those calling for the boycott have asked for such a thing. What they are bothered by is Wal-Mart’s financial support of organizations that in turn push for legislation that would allow the legal discrimination against Christians or anyone else who believes homosexuality is immoral. 

Wal-Mart joined and donated $25,000[2] to the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).

The NGLCC actively endorses and supports[3] the the "Hate Crimes" amendment to HR 3132, which should more accurately be called, the "Thought Crimes" amendment.

The Traditional Values Coalition warns that[4] the amendment would, "…criminalize the thoughts of those who commit the crime—as well as condemn the moral beliefs of millions of Americans who are critical of homosexuality, cross-dressing, or transsexualism. This legislation puts criticism of these deviant sexual behaviors in the same category as racism, misogyny, and anti-Semitism." R5ecent history has shown, repeatedly, that such laws inevitably result in banning public Bible reading as well as pastors being arrested for the content of their sermons.

Now, since Wal-Mart suffered financially the day after Thanksgiving, they’ll be trying to find some way of appeasing those who are still boycotting the company. Hopefully they’ll not attempt another meaningless gesture like what we saw days before Thanksgiving. Whatever their response, though, the homosexual activists will try to portray Wal-Mart as supporting "Gay Bashing" if it doesn’t continue to financially support them. The Homosexual Activists won’t tolerate neutrality, but that approach has been shown to work quite well for the companies with the integrity to apply it.

I know, you’re saying that the Religious Right won’t tolerate neutrality either, but there you’re wrong. That the boycott continued in spite the AFA calling it off shows that rather than a homogenous group, Values Voters are fairly diverse and think for themselves. While some may not be satisfied with a neutral position, most will, and offending the the typically small fringe at the extreme has always been a business reality. The solution is knowing how to recognize an extreme fringe, something Wal-Mart didn’t do too well when it jumped into bed with the NGLCC.

Read more of Danny’s stuff at http://JackLewis.net[5]

  1. Associated Press: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=nation_world&id=4795653
  2. joined and donated $25,000: http://savewalmart.com/theFacts.asp
  3. actively endorses and supports: http://www.nglcc.org/ht/d/sp/i/482/pid/482
  4. Traditional Values Coalition warns that: http://www.traditionalvalues.org/pdf_files/HateCrimes.pdf
  5. http://JackLewis.net: http://JackLewis.net

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