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Conservatives Mobilize Against Wal-Mart
CNS News ^ | 11/09/06 | Susan Jones

Posted on 11/09/2006 10:10:32 AM PST by Froufrou

Wal-Mart, long pummeled by the political left, is taking additional flak from the right.

A conservative activist group is trying to recruit one million families who will refuse to shop at Wal-Mart or Sam's Club on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, traditionally two of the busiest shopping days of the year.

The American Family Association is furious with Wal-Mart for reaching out to homosexual advocacy groups that support same-sex marriage.

The criticism began when Wal-Mart announced it would join the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. And now Wal-Mart has made a deal with the Washington DC Center for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender People, agreeing to donate 5 percent of the sales made through the group's website to the Center.

"Every purchase made online for books, music, videos, clothing and accessories, children's clothing and toys, and electronics at the site will automatically send 5% of the sales to the CCBLBT People," the AFA said in a message to its supporters.

"The agreement is an indication that Wal-Mart is totally committed to supporting the homosexual movement," the AFA said.

The conservative advocacy group complains that Wal-Mart also gave a "generous cash donation" to the Northwest Arkansas Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center, helping to provide a place where homosexuals can come together to "socialize."

The AFA says Wal-Mart should have remained neutral in the cultural battle over homosexual marriage.

It says Wal-Mart made an "ideological" decision, not a business decision.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: afa; affiliatesite; americanfamassoc; ccblbt; clueless; homosexual; homosexualagenda; homosexualmarriage; lbgtqq; lgbtqq; misleading; reactionary; walmart
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1 posted on 11/09/2006 10:10:33 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

Hence the recent "Christmas" decision by Walmart?

Maybe Walmart is donning some "apparel" to appeal to their conservative shoppers???


2 posted on 11/09/2006 10:12:07 AM PST by fishtank
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To: Froufrou
I am so sick of people who search for reasons to get their panties in a wad about Wal-Mart.

I hope this thing falls flat on its face.

3 posted on 11/09/2006 10:12:49 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (A vanity post is just a lonely cry for help.)
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To: Froufrou

Oh puh-leeze


4 posted on 11/09/2006 10:13:36 AM PST by brooklyn dave (Dhimmis better not be Dhummis!!!!------or else!!!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Ditto!


5 posted on 11/09/2006 10:13:58 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (November 7, 2006. The day America cut and ran from terrorism.)
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To: Froufrou

Why Wal-MART gets involved in social/Political issues is beyond me.......


6 posted on 11/09/2006 10:14:00 AM PST by scottdeus12 (Jesus is real, whether you believe in Him or not.)
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To: Froufrou

Why should 1M people spend more money for the same product, just because Wal-Mart gives some money to gays? How will this benefit anyone?


7 posted on 11/09/2006 10:14:34 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I usually shop at Wal-Mart but I wouldn't get within 5 miles of one on the Friday & Saturday after Thanksgiving.


8 posted on 11/09/2006 10:15:13 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: Froufrou

I'll shop where I can get the best price.


9 posted on 11/09/2006 10:15:55 AM PST by My2Cents
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To: Froufrou

yawn


10 posted on 11/09/2006 10:16:39 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: Froufrou

We shouldn't fault gay people for wanting "everyday low prices". What's wrong with Wal-mart courting their business?


11 posted on 11/09/2006 10:18:44 AM PST by oblomov (Join the FR Folding@Home Team (#36120) keyword: folding@home)
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To: Froufrou

I support the American Family Association just about as much as I support the American Civil Liberties Union. Just for the complete opposite reasons.


12 posted on 11/09/2006 10:19:52 AM PST by Domandred
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To: nascarnation

I usually shop at Wal-Mart but I wouldn't get within 5 miles of one on the Friday & Saturday after Thanksgiving.

***

I don't shop ANYWHERE after light up night which is next week here in Pittsburgh. If I have any purchases to make, they will be done online or by telephone. Never did like crowds.


13 posted on 11/09/2006 10:20:16 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Silence on this issue retains the good will of the population that views homosexual behavior as undesirable without antagonizing homosexual practitioners and their supporters. Therefore, it would seem the smart business move for WalMart's stockholders, customers, employees and everyone else would be “no comment.”


14 posted on 11/09/2006 10:23:11 AM PST by Lucky Dog
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To: Froufrou

Oh, please..WalMart has done more than any government could to keep inflation in check. And with their new perscription porogram will do more to keep the price of medical care down than any government program could.

Stuff this boycott.


15 posted on 11/09/2006 10:23:22 AM PST by the Real fifi
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To: oblomov; All

I don't get it, either. The AFA might be dumbfounded if they should discover there may be more gays than conservatives, who knows? As long as I don't have to know fellow shoppers' sexual preferences, I'm fine with it.

But when gays scream, "we just want to be treated as normal," it tells me they know they aren't.


16 posted on 11/09/2006 10:23:28 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: oblomov

It's one thing for Walmart to "court" business. But I can't buy stuff online from Walmart, knowing that 5% of what I pay them is being sent to a group advocating things I think will harm society.

I don't care if Walmart offers benefits to same-sex partners, or if it encourages gays to shop there. I draw the line at spending money that will go to my enemies directly.

Target lets me use a card which sends X% of my purchase to my kid's schools. That's a good place for the money to do, not to a gay advocacy group.

The question is, why is Walmart specifically doing a "donation drive" for gays? Do they think people will spend more money at their web site knowing their money is going to a political organization pushing the gay agenda?


17 posted on 11/09/2006 10:23:45 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: the Real fifi

Thank you for reminding us about the Medicare savings WM has implemented! Everyone I know who works there likes it there, so there.


18 posted on 11/09/2006 10:24:46 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: oblomov
We shouldn't fault gay people for wanting "everyday low prices". What's wrong with Wal-mart courting their business?

I agree, as long as Wal-Mart doesn't run a petroleum jelly promo, I'm fine.
19 posted on 11/09/2006 10:24:49 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: Froufrou

I was at Wal-Mart yesterday and I helped one of the "greeters" and old guy clean up a pop spill. :) Another guy dropped a case of pop and it was everywhere! I felt sorry for him.


20 posted on 11/09/2006 10:25:04 AM PST by Echo Talon
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To: Froufrou

My local Wal Mart give thousands of $$$ to the local boy scouts in both cash and donations.

If people continue to attack them for donations, they will cut off all donations.

Be very careful what you ask for, because you might get it.....Bob


21 posted on 11/09/2006 10:25:18 AM PST by Lokibob (Spelling and typos are copyrighted. Please do not use.)
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To: Echo Talon; Lokibob

That was nice, Echo. Bob is right; they do many good things in the communities they serve.


22 posted on 11/09/2006 10:26:26 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: CharlesWayneCT

It is apparently just 5% on purchases made through a link on the gay advocacy group's site.


23 posted on 11/09/2006 10:26:44 AM PST by oblomov (Join the FR Folding@Home Team (#36120) keyword: folding@home)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I am so sick of people who search for reasons to get their panties in a wad about Wal-Mart. I hope this thing falls flat on its face.

In other words, you're happy about the fact that Wal-Mart is going to donate (what 5%?) of post holiday sales to gay groups? Or perhaps you oppose the right of individuals to make decisions in the free market and convince others of the validity of those decisions?
24 posted on 11/09/2006 10:27:04 AM PST by Old_Mil (http://www.constitutionparty.com/)
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To: Froufrou
agreeing to donate 5 percent of the sales made through the group's website to the Center.

"Every purchase made online for books, music, videos, clothing and accessories, children's clothing and toys, and electronics at the site will automatically send 5% of the sales to the CCBLBT People," the AFA said in a message to its supporters.


So freaking what? As stated in the quote above, the agreement is basically a commission for sales coming through this gay group's website. Who cares? It's their site! These idiots want to makes it seem as if *all* online purchases will result in a donation, which is false.

These people need to be shouted down and dismissed. If they are allowed to speak for conservatives, maybe next time a real issue arises, Wal-Mart will give us a big F U.
25 posted on 11/09/2006 10:27:29 AM PST by billybudd
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I dont shop at Wal-Mart because everything is made in China right down to the Christmas decorations. China has religious freedoms, dont they?


26 posted on 11/09/2006 10:28:53 AM PST by Long Island Pete
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To: Froufrou
Goofballs like these are part of the reason why the Republicans lost the elections.

Tell 'em they can get their cheap imported crap somewhere else if they like; I'll shop where I please.

27 posted on 11/09/2006 10:30:23 AM PST by WestVirginiaRebel (Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Long Island Pete

"China has religious freedoms, dont they?"

Um, no they don't......


28 posted on 11/09/2006 10:30:57 AM PST by scottdeus12 (Jesus is real, whether you believe in Him or not.)
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To: billybudd
So freaking what? As stated in the quote above, the agreement is basically a commission for sales coming through this gay group's website. Who cares? It's their site! These idiots want to makes it seem as if *all* online purchases will result in a donation, which is false.

Spot on, If you have to tell a lie to support your position, then it's not a strong position to begin with.
29 posted on 11/09/2006 10:32:00 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

As if filthy, crowded, noisy stores aren't enough reason to avoid Wal-Mart.


30 posted on 11/09/2006 10:32:20 AM PST by Xenalyte (Viva Espaņa!)
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To: billybudd

I'm glad you pointed that out! I misread it to mean that the 5% was to come from sales at Wal-mart's site. I was thinking, "big deal, I'm sure they sell more at the stores..."


31 posted on 11/09/2006 10:32:29 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I am so sick of people who search for reasons to get their panties in a wad about Wal-Mart.

Exactly. Wal-Mart does far more good than harm by lowering prices on consumer goods for everyone whether they shop there or not - it's a chain of stores and an employer of thousands of Americans. Last I checked, it didn't volunteer to be the point-man for unionists demanding increased benefits, socialists decrying big business, or social-conservatives opposing gay rights.
32 posted on 11/09/2006 10:33:27 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Froufrou; Mrs.Nooseman; Diana in Wisconsin; bfree; Graybeard58; CSM; metesky; wanderin; sitetest; ..

WalMart Ping.


This has nothing to do with me not shopping in WalMart the weekend after Thanksgiving.............I refuse to shop ANYWHERE that weekend.


33 posted on 11/09/2006 10:34:01 AM PST by Gabz
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To: Froufrou

the old guy was really nice and he thanked me for helping him. :)


34 posted on 11/09/2006 10:34:01 AM PST by Echo Talon
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To: Old_Mil
Or perhaps you oppose the right of individuals to make decisions in the free market and convince others of the validity of those decisions?

Obnoxious, self-important wierdos like you can do anything you please, the further away from me the better.

35 posted on 11/09/2006 10:34:48 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (A vanity post is just a lonely cry for help.)
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To: Xenalyte

Unbeleivable. My local Wal Mart is clean. Crowded, yes. Not more noisy than any other busy store, however.

I have noticed that if you ask a Wal Mart Clerk where something is located, they do NOT point you in the right direction, they accompany you to the section, even if it is across the store. It might be just my local store, or it might be the training.


36 posted on 11/09/2006 10:38:36 AM PST by Lokibob (Spelling and typos are copyrighted. Please do not use.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

You seem to get it. I don't know why so many FReepers are so eager to support pro-gay causes with their money, when it'd be simple (and often CHEAPER) to make purchases elsewhere with coupons.


37 posted on 11/09/2006 10:40:45 AM PST by Theo (Global warming "scientists." Pro-evolution "scientists." They're both wrong.)
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To: Froufrou
I hate wal-mart. It's a miserable place to shop.

I'm not in favor of the government cracking down on them, but a company that wealthy paying their full time employees so badly they qualify for government benefits is a joke!
38 posted on 11/09/2006 10:41:34 AM PST by KoRn
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To: Froufrou; wagglebee; little jeremiah
I can understand Walmart doing what they can to generate more business. What retailer wouldn't want more business?

The problem, as I see it, is Walmart getting involved with a hot button issue for social conservatives. Some here have a problem with the actions of the AFA. Perhaps those who disagree with the AFA have a problem with NAMBLA?.

If so, would those who disagree with the actions of the AFA have an issue with Walmart catering to NAMBLA? That is, what if Walmart said they would send 5% of the proceeds of online purchases through the NAMBLA website to the NAMBLA office?

The issue appears to be degrees of tolerance. Many social conservatives have reached their tolerance level for what they find acceptable from Walmart. Others here haven't reached that level.

39 posted on 11/09/2006 10:44:12 AM PST by scripter ("If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." Romans 12:18)
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To: Old_Mil
Or perhaps you oppose the right of individuals to make decisions in the free market and convince others of the validity of those decisions?

Well said.

40 posted on 11/09/2006 10:45:40 AM PST by scripter ("If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." Romans 12:18)
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To: KoRn
but a company that wealthy paying their full time employees so badly they qualify for government benefits is a joke

That's the great thing about this country, if the workers at Wal-mart are dissatisfied with their wages, no one can stop them from looking for another job.
41 posted on 11/09/2006 10:46:13 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: HEY4QDEMS
If you have to tell a lie to support your position, then it's not a strong position to begin with.

There's some famous books that says something about bearing false witness being a sin. I guess the AFA forgot about that one.

42 posted on 11/09/2006 10:48:16 AM PST by Unknown Pundit (I really do post with a paper bag over my head.)
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To: KoRn

I presume you mean healthcare. You'd be surprised that a family of four with one parent employed, as a nurse, can qualify for medicaid! I know, I did the work.

I only shop at WM in the early morning, before all the underemployed customers get there. I prefer Target, but I doubt their people are any better compensated.


43 posted on 11/09/2006 10:51:43 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: scripter

Degrees of tolerance? Since when is it public information to know what corporations do with their money?


44 posted on 11/09/2006 10:53:19 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou
A conservative activist group is trying to recruit one million families who will refuse to shop at Wal-Mart or Sam's Club on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, traditionally two of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Well, I won't be shopping there either of those two days, but it's only because I don't want to fight those crowds!

45 posted on 11/09/2006 10:55:14 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
But I can't buy stuff online from Walmart, knowing that 5% of what I pay them is being sent to a group advocating things I think will harm society.

I don't believe that WalMart is giving 5% of every dollar in revenue to any homosexual group. They might be giving some, but not this much. Not sure where that figure came from and how they proved it to be true.

46 posted on 11/09/2006 10:57:17 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: MEGoody

C'mon, it's fun! You eat a late and overlarge T-day dinner so you can go to bed early, then hit the sales at 7:00 a.m.

You get in and get out with all the bargains before the crowd gets there, then go someplace nice to eat and knock back a few cold ones. Ah, good times! ;o)


47 posted on 11/09/2006 10:59:23 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Unknown Pundit
There's some famous books that says something about bearing false witness being a sin. I guess the AFA forgot about that one.

Think there was another passage in a famous book that said something like don't judge or you will be judged, probably much more elloquent then that though...if I could just remember the quote... :). Think the AFA forgets that one too.

48 posted on 11/09/2006 11:01:45 AM PST by Domandred
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To: nascarnation

Agreed! Walmart on thanksgiving weekend? NO WAY! You need a prybar to get through the crowds, let alone the parking lot!


49 posted on 11/09/2006 11:03:10 AM PST by HotTubDave
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To: Froufrou

you have to wonder what the f$#& is going through their mind on this? how the hell does wal-mart benefit from joining forces with queer groups? like the queers are going to help stop the unions from burning wal-mart to the group wherever possible?


50 posted on 11/09/2006 11:04:24 AM PST by bpjam (Vote. Vote Now. Drag your neighbors along.)
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