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August 29, 2006

Walmart About to Feel AFA Wrath

David Kiley

News that mega retailer Walmart has hired an ad agency specializing in gay media is, according to sources of mine, sending the American Family Association into overdrive over how to stage a boycott of the chain once the ads and support of gay events gets underway.

The AFA has been a thorn in the side of a few big companies. Though the effect of the boycotts and media campaigns staged by the conservative group is dubious, they can neverthless cause headaches and a certain amount of nervousness among marketers, car dealers and store managers.

The AFA, run by Rev. Donald Wildmon, has been boycotting Ford since late last year when the group's public pressure on the automaker prompted Ford to re-double its commitment to gay media and go out of its way to support gay organizations. Sure, Ford sales have been suffering. And the AFA takes credit for that. But I tend to think it's because of too few compelling vehicles rather than the wrath of God.

Walmart has been so conservative and such a friend to organizations like the AFA that it has at times refused to stock certain books the AFA found objectionable. And, of course, there is thought to be a substantial overlap in the constituencies of Walmart, Reverend Wildmon, The Republic Party and followers of Sean Hannity. So, this move by Walmart is a bold one to reach a boader customer base.

In an interview with Advertising Age, Justin Nelson, president of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, an independent organization with 24,000 members, said, "They [Walmart] has been viewed with some degree of skepticism by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community, and it's important for them in terms of gaining market share to change that."

Walmart is plainly trying to boaden its appeal and be more competitive with Target in terms of image and connection to fashion and design. Walmart realizes that they need to carry more merchandise with better profit margins than is the case now.

The agency Walmart hired, Witeck-Combs, also does work for Ford-owned Volvo, Land Rover, and Jaguar, as well as American Airlines and Citigroup.

On its website, the AFA boasts that it has signed up about 510,000 people to boycott Ford. The Texas Ford Dealers Association, representing 78 dealers in that state, recently wrote to Ford complaining that they are inundated with e-mail, phone calls and letters complaining. And, the group stated, their customers were recently moved to step up their complaints when a Ford ad appeared opposite an article in The Advocate, a gay magazine, about gay polygamy.

I don't expect the AFA to have any impact on Walmart's decision-making any more than I expect Ford to cave on support of gay media. But we may as well get ready for a publicity push from the AFA against Walmart and the group taking credit for pushing Ford into such desperate straits that it is considering selling off Land Rover and Jaguar just to make Rev. Wildmon happy.

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As for me and my family, we do not agree with the homosexual agenda in any way, and will not knowingly support any them in any way. With that said we will curtail our shoppin gwith walmart, and go to other stores for our needs. I support the AFA.net in the calls for walmart to not pursue this venture.

Posted by: Miguel at October 7, 2006 10:49 PM

WalMart has a choice. They can boaden their appeal to the homosexual commuinty, but the results will be to push away the customer base that has made them the giant they are. I for one will no longer purchase anything from any WalMart or Sams Club. That is My Choice.

Posted by: G. Ellis at October 15, 2006 02:48 PM

I can not believe the things of this world anymore life was so easy when I was a child, I feel sorry for the children of this era. I was taught that God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve. The world is pushing God's buttons and we better be prepared. I have always been a faithful shopper of Walmart, not any more

Posted by: Cecelia Perry at October 19, 2006 03:37 PM

I will boycott Wal-Mart as well as Ford. Wal-Mart thinks it has the public tied up. God can change things real quick if enough Christians stand behind it!

Posted by: Nell Powell at October 19, 2006 05:31 PM

I think that the AFA might be biting off a little more than it can chew with this call to action. It's one thing to boycott a car company--how many times a week do you buy a Mustang, anyway?--but people are going to find it hard to give up their thrice-per-week trips to the local Wal-Mart. With such a big chain, a boycott has to be all or nothing. It must have total support of the Christians or might as well have none at all.

As a business move, though, I think Wal-Mart is shooting itself in the foot. Statistically, the GLBT groups are the most vocal, but very, very small in actual numbers. Why go for that market and risk alienating your biggest customer base?

Posted by: Bret at October 23, 2006 12:07 PM

WE do not agree with current support of homosexual

agenda. Our support of Walmart as a traditional

family organization is being withdrawn. Your

decision will not only be detrimental to your

financial bottomline, but will bring about

a dramatic change that in the end will cause

long-term ramifications. Your other competitors

in the marketing arena will gain a broad scope

of your current purchasing base.

Posted by: Jerome Farmer at October 25, 2006 05:32 PM

I am a Wal-Mart employee who is also a lesbian. For those of you who believe the GLBT community is small in numbers you are greatly mistaken. I live and work in the bible belt. The store I work at there is at least 5% of the employess who are gay or lesbian. There is also at least 10% to 15% of the customers who identify themselves as GLBT.

As I said this store is located in a city smack dab in the middle of the bible belt. These are the figures from one store. Now think about it on a Wal-Mart scale. Do you still think the numbers are very, very small?

Posted by: Cassidy at October 25, 2006 08:02 PM

I , my mother-in-law who did all her shooping at WalMart, my husband and my father-in-law will no longer be shopping at WalMart. It is not just Christians that find this bad it is anyone that cares about their Children and the messages being sent to them.

Posted by: Jeni at October 25, 2006 09:11 PM

I wonder just how many Christians will actually take a stand when it will affect their pocketbook and convenient one stop shopping. This could be a test for us. I for one spend thousands of dollars a year at Walmart, it will be a a sacrifice for me but one I am willing to take. Also, could all of us who are concerned about Walmart's new marketing decisions commit to prayer about this matter and stand in one accord against it and voice our concern to our local Walmart's. Let them know personally we are no longer going to shop there. Let them know how much you spend there and how it will be affecting their pocketbooks.

Posted by: Jen at October 26, 2006 12:06 PM

As a Christian, I am saddened and appalled that Walmart, which WAS one of my favorite stores and now the ONLY department store in our small town - would go the lengths they have to target the homosexual market. It is a slap in the face to the Lord, the integrity that Walmart has been built on, and the American family unit - the largest customer base they have.

I have been stopping at several small stores to get my shopping done and only purchasing from Walmart if I absolutely had to have it - a huge change in my shoppping habits of Walmart shopping several times a week for my family.

Posted by: Lynne at October 26, 2006 07:51 PM

Wow, Business Week sure does have some ignorant readers. The shit written on here by Jesus Freaks, Spics, and Red-State White Trash is offensive!

Posted by: King James at October 27, 2006 11:09 PM

Count another family that will not spend any dollars with the Wal-mart Group. If they want to go with the minority groups, fine, but also let them understand their largest market is the conservative base. Bye, Bye, Walmart

Posted by: Worden B. Raub Jr. at October 28, 2006 01:03 PM

My family and I have shopped at Wal Mart for years and have spent plenty of money there.But never again!

Posted by: Dolan Harris at October 30, 2006 04:32 PM

I have shopped for many items at Wal Mart in the past but will not shop there any more until they reverse their policy about homosexuals, whose actions are a sin and an abomination to God (as well as the human race).

Posted by: Norman at November 1, 2006 10:29 AM

Bye bye wally mart. The boycott starts about family time.. Thanksgiving.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=51782

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=52672

Posted by: d.c. at November 1, 2006 02:26 PM

I think it is time to give those smaller businesses a chance. Wal-mart started shooting itself in the foot when they sold out to China and all the business went over seas. That should have been reason enough to stop shopping there. I suppose the straw that broke the camels back was recently with the whole sodomite agenda. We are in agreement as a family to ban Walmart and find other places to shop, but that poses another problem. With the support of sodomy and abortion in this country, that eliminates stores such as Target, Walgreens and the like. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS OF WHERE CHRISTIANS CAN SHOP AND NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING????

Posted by: WeNeedJesus at November 2, 2006 02:00 PM

What people need to understand about us Evangelical "Jesus freaks" is that we don't hate Homosexuals, But we also don't condone the lifestyle. As far as WalMart goes, It's one thing not to discriminate against this sector of the population, but another thing all together to promote it. And so for that reason my family and I will not be patronizing WalMart any time soon.

Posted by: Jim Riesgraf at November 2, 2006 09:14 PM

Our forefathers could never have dreamed this day would come, that gay men and women in America would fight for the right to marry just as heterosexuals marry. But then, neither could they dream that the President of the United States would attempt to write discrimination into our Constitution, either. The fact remains that the Constitution was written to "...secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity." (Preamble)

The first argument against same-sex marriages was a religious outcry. The conservative Christians insisted (and still do) that same-sex marriage is unbiblical and therefore should not be allowed. The religious argument, however, is moot, thanks to the First Amendment, which states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof??" It is thus that our forefathers sought to protect all Americans from the religious zealotry of a few, or even many; only 52% of Americans claimed to be Christian of any denomination at the last Census. Should the other 48% of the American people be made to honor a conception of the Creator they don't agree with? Of course not; this is why we have separation of Church and State. Yet the Catholic Church in Rome and its many parishes insist on swaying political decisions! This is a clear violation of the First Amendment, and our Congressional Representatives would do well to not accept phone calls from constituents whose only remarks are religiously centered purely out of respect for this separation. I am not suggesting the squelching of these people's Freedom of Speech; far from it. What I am suggesting is a more active approach on the part of our Congressional Representatives in the assurance of Separation of Church and State, Separation of Religion from Civil Duty.

Posted by: MM at November 4, 2006 11:47 AM

WOW!

I heard it and didn't believe it was true!

Now that I've seen this in print, I won't be shopping at WalMart anymore.

I Belive that EVERYONE SHOULD RECEIVE MEDICAL BENEFITS. I support that. HOWEVER, using it as an excuse to condone and promote the homosexual lifestyle is immoral.

AND I'll bet that the customer base they are trying to gain by this, are already shopping there! So, what a ballsy move to alienate the customer base that has made WalMart what it is today.

I spend a fortune there every month by choice, not by necessity. Bye Bye Walmart!

Posted by: Misty at November 8, 2006 09:58 PM

In actuality, our forefathers wrote the constitution not to protect us from the few religious zealots, but to protect religion from the government. The majority of our population was made up of religious people fleeing religious persecution and wanted to be free to express themselves. It is important that modern people understand the root and nature of our constitution or we misconstrue its intent and context. It was NOT to remove God from our culture or government, but to protect our expression and inclusion of Him.

That being said, I do believe that Wal-mart made a bold move to publicly support a pro-gay marriage agenda. Why not just take the stand of neutrality? It is a business, not a social platform.

One woman responded that 5% of the Walmart where she worked was homosexual and she felt that was not a small number, but statistically, 5% is still very small for a company to take a political stand on.

As a stockholder, I do not see this as a wise business move, and their obligation should be to their stockholders.

As a Christian, I would like to clearly state, God absolutely LOVES homosexuals. He may not condone the choices, but he loves the person. I struggle daily with making right choices and not walking in sin, whether it be a judgemental attitude, yelling at my kids, or being ticked off at some guy in traffic. Sin is sin. So please, Christians and non-Christians alike, as we give our viewpoints, remember that we are each speaking from our own perspectives. I cannot begin to know the mind of God, I can only do the very best I can to worship Him through my interpretation of the truth of scripture. Let us not tear each other down, for God says He brings people to Him through His kindness, not condemnation.

Posted by: Julie at November 9, 2006 10:38 AM

It would one thing if Walmart was trying to reach out the gay and lesbian community in order to show that God really does love them and to minister love to them through their employees. But what is happening here, like so many other examples, is that they are simply trying to improve market share. Why? Aren't they already the world's largest retailer? How much bigger can they possibly be?

It will be difficult to just not shop there cold turkey, but we can pray for the Lord to remove the deception that has entered their hearts.

Posted by: Steve at November 9, 2006 01:56 PM

Anybody that would spend a fortune at Wal-mart, is an idiot-bag. So are the rest of you simpletons posting close-minded comments to this article. I hope you all stick by your oath to boycott Wal-Mart, then perish because you can't afford to shop anywhere else. The world will be a better place without you.

Posted by: Holier than thou at November 9, 2006 02:22 PM

I'm a Christian but I have no intention of boycotting Wal-Mart. It's not my favorite store to shop at and never will be, but at times convenience wins out.

I'm wondering why there isn't an uproar by Christians about companies who sponsor United Way giving. There are U.W. chapters that donate to local Planned Parenthood offices - and as everyone knows, P.P. offers abortions. Why not boycott Macy's, Mervyns and Target? They all encourage their employees to participate in donating a percentage of each paycheck to United Way. Alliance Data Systems, credit card bank to Pacific Sunwear, Victoria's Secret, Lane Bryant, Express (to name a few) also encourages donations - I know this for a fact because I worked there for 7 years. I personally find abortions far more troubling than whether or not a business chooses to reach out to gays.

Posted by: Karen at November 9, 2006 09:55 PM

I for one will no longer purchase anything from any WalMart or Sams Club unless their policy changes on this point. That is My Choice.

Posted by: Bill at November 12, 2006 07:52 PM

This boycott is gaining momentum and I'm glad. Walmart will be sorry. News is spreading like wildfire about their stance on the sinful practice of the gay lifestyle that God can forgive and heal. Many at my office including my office have already stopped shopping there. Walmart should remain neutral and just focus on selling stuff and not politically motivate stuff. They will start to feel if. AFA has over a quarter million people now refusing to shop there.

Posted by: T. Jones at November 13, 2006 05:48 PM

Walmart has made a grave error in giving proceeds to support the gay and lesbian movement, they will regret alienating the very people who have made them who they are today. I can argue against homosexuality as a Christian and out of a genetic make-up. Look at our bodies and how we are formed, not condusive to same-sex unions. There was a time that things like that were against the law and considered a psychiatric disorder. We need to head back to the way our forefathers ran this country. We need to get back to God, we moved, not Him.

Jesus love you all, even if you think your gay-our minds and hearts are wicked above all things-don't let it send you to Hell.

Posted by: cc at November 13, 2006 07:18 PM

WOW is right! MM, you couldn't have said it better... (see post dated 11/4/06)

Posted by: js at November 14, 2006 12:05 AM

I have spent many thousands of dollars at the local and area Walmart stores over the past 15 years. I have also brought many customers to them for eyecare and carcare. But myself and my children have spent our last dollars in a Walmart store. The Bible says homosexuality is "disgusting" to God. He also destroyed two cities because of it. It has been scientifically proven that homsexuality is a "choice" instead of part of a person's genetic make-up, so there's no excuse for it!

Posted by: Rick at November 14, 2006 09:34 AM

I live in the south where Wal-Mart is about the only store to find things in. But as for shopping there, NO WAY! I cannot support a cause that is wrong. Gay and lesbians are living the wrong lifestyle. God wrote in the book of Leviticus Chapter 18 of all the Laws of Sexual Mortatlity. It clearly states that you shall not uncover the nakedness or lie with the same sex. Until all the people who say they are Christians and believe in what the Bible says stands up for what is right, then we will not make a difference. But today I as a Christian stand up against this. Please take a stand with me.

Posted by: Leah McCullough at November 14, 2006 08:09 PM

I can't believe the stance everyone is taking on this. Maybe all of us should do our research. If you chose to boycott Wal-Mart, you should choose to boycott all of the companies that support the same things Wal-Mart does.

To name a few, KRAFT, TARGET, MICROSOFT, MOTOROLA, SEARS, WALGREEN'S, AMERICAN AIRLINES, HYATT HOTELS, VOLVO, TOYOTOA, IBM, CITIGROUP, MERRILL LYNCH, VIACOM, MTV, VH1, DELOITTE, HILTON, NIKE, PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL, CHASE, ERNST AND YOUNG, HOTELS.COM, PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS, WASHINGTON MUTUAL, WELLS FARGO, CHEVRON, PFIZER, AMERICA ONLINE, BANK OF AMERICA, FANNIE MAE, AARP, MARRIOTT, DELL, HEWLETT PACKARD, WACHOVIA, MELLON FINANCIAL, KODAK.

Let's face it, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Wal-Mart isn't the first and certainly won't be the last. So if you choose to boycott Wal-Mart, you better throw away that Kraft cheese in the fridge, destroy your motorola cell phone, close your account at Bank of America, delete Microsoft Windows, sell your Toyota, and stop watching most of the channels on cable. Most of the companies I listed have a 100% of the Human Rights Campaigns Corporate GLBT Equality Index. Wal-Mart has a 67%. To be honest, they are years behind from making these decisions.

Posted by: Associate at November 14, 2006 09:56 PM

I believe Walmart's decision to join the NGLCC proves that they have been allowed to become too powerful and apparently believe that they are untouchable. As Christians we know however that the owners and decision makers of WM will have to answer to God the same as the rest of us. I will honor the boycott of the AFA the week-end after Christmas. I have already cut out what I spend at Walmart by about 90% and hope to one day break the habit altogether.

Posted by: Sue at November 15, 2006 05:52 PM

I am very unhappy in Wal-Mart's decision to support homosexuals. Wal-Mart has always been a family business and I do not believe it is in their best interest to support something the Bible is against. Thanks for listening. I am a concerned citizen. We will curtail our shopping at Wal-Mart if this going through.

Posted by: Patti Walker at November 16, 2006 06:04 PM

Wal-Mart is showing its true colors. Since Sam died, the "family friendly" aspect of wal mart has all but dissappeared, now the only concern is $$$$. Add to the promotion of witchcraft now the blatent support of homosexuality. Wal-Mart-"Always low prices" and now even lower standards. Supporting womens groups and minorities and ethnicities is one thing in the name of "diversity" but homosexuality is clearly an abomination in the eyes of God and against man and nature. Fully, half of the income of my five member family went to wal mart in the past. I no longer shop at wal mart and will not until they return to the family values that made them the giant they now are. They have forgotten their roots. "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord"

Posted by: Michael and Ruth at November 17, 2006 04:43 PM

To further enhance what has been stated by some prior posts.. "Separation of Church & State" is to protect individuals from the government when practicing their religion which is differant that of the government in force...rather than what the Mainstream Media seems to show the masses. Individuals should do some history checking and research rather than just listening to the Media.

Also, to agree with some prior post that Christians adopt God's view of homosexuality which is hate the sin... not the sinner.

That all being said, Be informed that the major problem with this gay activist group is that they grossly push the sin as a personnal choice to children who are dealing with enough other issues in this world. Like all things in life there are temptations that one must turn away from and be bigger then the temptation. It is differant for every person.

I too will no longer shop there and have stopped going to Wal-Mart for over the last 3 months due to this very fact stated prior by others. Meijer who is 0% with these groups has gained my business instead.

Posted by: Darlene at November 17, 2006 06:37 PM

We have heard that WalMart will be giving 5% of its "entire" sales to the Gay coalition from the Friday and Saturday proceeds. Is this correct? Or will they be giving this 5% from on-line sales only? And, either way, do they really know what they are doing?

Posted by: Charlotte Fredrickson at November 18, 2006 10:18 PM

I have not shopped at Wal-Mart since August 2006. I Have friends that are gay and lesbian. I love them dearly. I do not however support thier lifestyle. Just with my children, I love them and there is nothing they can do that will ever change that. But that doesn't mean that I always like what they do.

I have never thought Wal-Mart should discriminate against the individual. But to support the lifestyle, sexuality and marriage agenda, I feel that is wrong. They have built this company on a set of values that is completely opposite.

They are now advertising on a local christian radio station spouting those values . They are trying to reach the very people they have offended. I believe in an effort to control the damage, it is all about money.

They had a choice, they have made it. It is my choice to spend my money where I choose. I suppose I am so saddend because they have built this mulitbillion dollar coporation with the very values they are turning away from now. That is why I hold Wal-Mart to a higher standard than other companies. I have chosen to shop elsewhere.

{And just for the historical record...if you read your constituiton(which most don't)..."seperation of church and state " is not actually in the constitution...it was in a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802 to answer a letter written from them in Oct. of 1801. It is the "Establishment Clause" which actually violates the "Free Exercise Clause"}

Posted by: Jacquui Burton at November 20, 2006 12:28 AM

In light of the request for a list of "safe" businesses where "Christians" can shop without fear that a tiny fraction of their money might benefit someone of "the homosexual lifestyle," I would also like to request a list of businesses that would be "safe" for me to shop without fear that my money will support in any way the rabid anti-gay bigotry parading in our society under the protective umbrella labelled "evangelical Christianity."

The truth is, folks, that the American economy is one, big system ... neither I nor you can ensure that the dollars we spend today will not circulate eventually to the benefit of blacks, Mexicans, atheists, Muslims, or any other "undesirable" group you might name ... or several wingnut evangelical "Christian" groups that I might name.

And by the way, on the Friday after Thanksgiving I'm going to WalMart and buy a digital camera and a microwave oven. Boycott your rotting little hearts out.

Posted by: Allen J. Lopp at November 20, 2006 05:17 PM

You can count our family in on the boycott of Wal-Mart. It doesn't matter how much argument the GLBT tries to throw, nor how much they try to change the Word of God to sound more "tolerant". The fact is, people change for the worse - Father Adonai does NOT change. This also means His principles and demands of His creation never changes either. These individuals may think they are obtaining victory here, but if they fail to repent (to turn away from and to not do again) their same-sex lifestyle - they will have a very, very sad ending on the day of Judgement.

The argument was made a couple of times above that God loves those who commit homosexual acts. I agree that He indeed loves every sinner, as His son Yahshuah (Jesus) left His kingship in order to forgive. However, to be forgiven, one must also be willing to do away with the old lifestyle and to enter into a new lifestyle. This includes REPENTING from all that which is against His law and righteousness and to let the Spirit live through you.

The radical GLBT activists and their supporters (including Wal-Mart) would be the cause of severe damnation to our nation if Adonai didn't see the "few" of His people who are willing to take a stand for His rule. If one doesn't take a stand against GLBT, it's the same as being a supporter.

To spend money at a company one KNOWS is a supporter of unbiblical activities is one of the gravest of sins a Christian can commit! Just the same as committing the sin himself/herself.

To those who doubt God and His Word just because they cannot see Him - let me assure you that when a critical mass of you finally choose to ignore His people and there is nothing more we can do for you ( you will have already made your choice ) ... this nation WILL suffer horrible judgements en masse. If you don't believe me, continue on your present course and see for yourselves. He has PROMISED to spare and protect His TRUE followers if they did their duty and fought when the time to fight existed. But the rest, the Bible says, their "smoke" will rise up.

The GLBT movement and those who are sympathetic to them have no idea as to the severity of end of this all. They believe it's just a game and we serve an imaginary God.

Think again! Your soul depends upon it!!

Posted by: Kurt Schoenaman at November 21, 2006 07:46 AM

I agree with this following statement:

I have shopped for many items at Wal Mart in the past but will not shop there any more until they reverse their policy about homosexuals, whose actions are a sin and an abomination to God.

Posted by: Rebekah at November 21, 2006 11:23 AM

Dear Waltons and board members:

My family won't be able to make this coming 5% sale for the gaylesbitrans folks after Thanksgiving.

In fact we're seeking alternative shopping places for the rest of our daily needs, as well. It seems

your company is straying from the principles that Sam initiated for dealing with folks of all mindsets. Your present position on diversity,

is not Biblically based, nor does its new favoritism make sense in a world that is not equal, nor fair. Two gay/les people may raise a kid, but they'll never be able to conceive or bear one. The Biblical God of Creation

more than frowns upon such out-of-the-box behavior. You would do well to operate a business,

and not attempt to play your version of god.

Posted by: wes leightner at November 21, 2006 02:34 PM

Mr. Sam is probably rolling over and over in his grave because back when he was alive people were different. Back then they didn't support homosexuals. But we all need to understand this world just isn't the same anymore. If you believe in God you are wrong but if you believe in homosexuals, murderers and anything else as bad you are a part of a large group. Well a word to this large group (MAY GOD FORGIVE YOU)

Posted by: Becky at November 21, 2006 04:28 PM

i dont understand why any progressive groups would even accept a deal with walmart. it seems everyone is against it for so many reasons. to shop there one needs to field many criticisms from friends. so why accept anything from it - i dont get it at all? i for one have my own grievances concerning this store and am considering dropping shopping there. but it is more political.

Posted by: ann newman at November 21, 2006 04:33 PM

In an announcement on Tuesday Wal-Mart has taken a neutral stance and "will no longer make corporate contributions to support or oppose controversial issues unless they directly relate to their ability to serve their customers." AFA does it again in rallying support from the Christian community.

Posted by: L Kindler at November 22, 2006 10:58 AM

It's like thinking your vote won't make a difference..

BUT IT DOES.

that said, here is an exerpt of my letter to Walmart.

I'm not convinced that your not supporting gay agendas. I "still" plan to take my business elsewhere until you expound on your ties with the GLBT (whatever).

Surely, another major retail giant will come along and court Christian values.

Don't waste the bandwidth to send your auto-response.

**

Yes, I'm sure other companies are doing the same but there will be some who want us Walmart rejects.

Posted by: W.Martin at November 24, 2006 05:22 AM

I stayed away from Wal-mart through Thanksgiving Holidays. Shopped local stores or not at all. It was a sacrifice but easier than I thought it would be. Convienence has spoiled us all and limited our world to one store, It was nice to be free from the "I have to stop at Wal-mart" theory we all seem to get caught into. Wal-mart is just giving us what we all deserve for putting them on the top of our list and control of our checkbook. May this be a wakeup call for all families.

Posted by: Sharon in Shelbyville, TN at November 26, 2006 08:55 AM

I first heard about this at church,this morning and could not belive it, it sickens me that our america, ( that all of us vets fought for), has come to the point, that we fight among ourselves, worse than in a war, I am a christian, and do shop at walmart, as one persone said if we bot-cot walmart WE might as well boy-cot MOST all of our american stores, as they all go for the buck and we all know it, ITS THE AMERICAN WAY. GOD will boy-cot all of the non belivers, SOON.

Posted by: bob at November 26, 2006 04:25 PM

Well, the results for "Black Friday" are in and Walmart sales have declined. They say they are puzzled. I'm not! I've been avoiding Walmart like the plague since they hopped on the "GAY Bandwagon." Many other people are doing the same. It's one thing to love the sinner it's quite another to promote the sin.

Posted by: Alan Childress at November 27, 2006 11:37 AM

I am disappointed by WM's decision. We used to shop a lot a WMs. But after hearing this news we just skipped shopping there. We didnt even consider walmart in the shortlisted places we go bargain hunting on Black Friday. We shopped and bought more than 150 worth stuff at other stores. Lets see WM ignore that kind of numbers from all people banning it.

Descriminating against persons is disgusting no doubt. But promoting a lifestyle against 'not only Bible' but all the major world religions is arrogant action. At a time when WM is planning expansion in Conservative countries, this is an idiotic move.

As for the lady who said there are 5% in her store. Probably she is the only one in a team of 20 (making 5%). How does she know the sexual orientation of all customers? Do they ask customers at the check out counter? This is the kind of misrepresenting information from teh GLBT community that causes people to believe there are more GLBTs than there are.

Hopefully the Execs at walmart see their folly and make ammends to their decision.

God Bless

Posted by: tester at November 28, 2006 06:02 PM

It is your choice to spend your money wherever you want. However, you have no business whatsoever thinking that you can tell me how to live my life. And especially, unless you can walk on water, you have no right to tell me about MY relationship with God. You better spend a little time working on your own relationship with Him. Go back and read the bible. Then change your life. I can guarantee that you are not following it's every word. Then go back and see the hatred in some of these posts. And as for fairness, how fair is it that I spend my life working and paying taxes just like you. When you die, your Social Security benefits go to your spouse. What about mine? Mine stay in the governments pockets to help you and yours. I've spent my life paying into SS without ever having a chance to see a penny of it benefit my partner if I die before retirement. I imagine my 'marriage' has already outlasted many of yours.

Posted by: Spencer Dexter at December 3, 2006 01:37 PM

I am not a religious person, but I don't support gay people. It, well, goes against nature! Well, the hundreds of dollars a month I used to spend there will go somewhere else. See ya Walmart!

Posted by: josh lane at December 6, 2006 02:04 AM

Um...just because Wal-Mart supports gay marriage doesn't mean everyone should be all,"OMG! We're not shooping there!" My teacher was ranting about thsi and reciting bible versus in her SCIENCE class. Which, I've gotten used to her usual Bible-thumping ways, but this just has to stop! I mean, almost everyone that posted that they were against Wal-Mart's move said they'd shopped there for years. Why let something as small as that change your usual habits? It's not like they'll be forcing their customers to wear gay pride bracelets everytime they enter the store. There are A LOT of homosexuals in the world. get used to it people! Just because Wal-Mart supports gay marriage and stuff, doesn't mean that you should boycott them. I have friends who are GLB, and I'm fine with it! As I said, it ain't gonna change anything, so get used to it. Um...yeah..I'm thirteen...and it's obvious I have more sense, understanding, and open mindedness than most adults in the US. Then again, according to most of these comments, that out sayin much. Miki out!

Posted by: Miki at March 5, 2007 06:19 PM

i feel that walmart is a very uncapable company and they shouldn't have as many rights that they have. they treat citizens like dirt.

Posted by: Jalynn at March 16, 2007 12:41 PM


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