Wednesday, November 22, 2006

While Shopping This Weekend, Remember....

I would never ordinarily support shopping at Walmart, but those wack-ack-acky fundies will be out in force this weekend, protesting Walmart's recent membership in the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber Of Commerce.

(See what the fundies have driven me to? Supporting Walmart! They's evil, evil I tells ya!)


UPDATE: Religious right caves, as usual. John in DC, AmericaBlog writes: The religious right called off their ludicrous "two days after Thanksgiving" boycott of Wal-Mart (it's not really a boycott when you tell folks it's okay to shop Thursday and Sunday and every other day except Friday and Saturday). Anyway, Wal-Mart issued a statement saying they have not taken a position on gay marriage - uh, duh - so the religious right called off their boycott. Oh yeah, Wal-Mart also said they won't support controversial causes - again, duh, what company does? The irony here, of course, is that the religious right think this means that Wal-Mart will no longer reach out to its gay customers. Not true from what I hear. Nothing has changed at all. Check this out from AP:

Mona Williams, Wal-Mart's vice president of communications, said in a telephone interview that the company would continue working with the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and other gay-rights groups on specific issues such as workplace equality.

Wal-Mart has simply said it won't support "controversial causes" - gay customers aren't controversial customers. Not to mention, to the degree to which controversial causes includes the gay community, it would also include the evangelical Christian community. So, at worst, the religious right just got Wal-Mart to issue a statement writing them off. As an aside, this entire campaign has been coordinated by the religious right hate group the American Family Association. They have a track record of lying about these boycotts, then claiming victory when they lost (e.g., Disney, Ford).

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