Thursday, November 09, 2006

How Many Pennies are Your Beliefs Worth?

I caved this morning. I HAD to go to Sam's because I dropped off film many weeks ago and I can't stand to lose whatever memories were trapped in their photo department. But the photo department had no one manning it when I got in so I crossed over to the dairy section. I'm telling you Sam's prices on cheese can't be beat. Not even with sales and coupons. Since no one has called for an official boycott, I got what I knew would probably be my last cheap cheese for a while. All the while I'm thinking, "How much is your soul worth, Jamie? How cheap does cheese need to be in order for you to go against what you know to be true?" And I bought it anyway since I was picking up pictures.

Meanwhile, I got this email from American Family Association. They aren't even calling for a real boycott. I think they know that we bow down to the almighty dollar. This one was easy to sign. Meanwhile, I'll be searching for other places to shop. How is the whole Target and "holidays" thing going this year?

Okay, and it isn't that I think Wal-Mart shouldn't hire homosexuals or whatever, but if we are going to give donations to special interest groups, why not World Vision, Samaritan's purse, the Gideons? This just went W-a-a-a-a-a-y across the line.

From AFA:
In a show of support to help homosexuals legalize same-sex marriage, Wal-Mart has agreed to automatically donate 5% of online sales directly to the Washington DC Community Center for Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender People. The cash donation will come from online purchases made at Wal-Mart through the homosexual group's Web site. This move follows Wal-Mart's joining the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and agreeing to give generous financial help to that organization also.

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 agreement is an indication that Wal-Mart is totally committed to supporting the homosexual movement.

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."

Many observers feel it would have been a wise business decision for Wal-Mart to remain neutral in the cultural battle over homosexual marriage. But this was an ideological decision by Wal-Mart - not a business decision.

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Anonymous said...

That was exactly my thought when I read the email. There are SO MANY MORE WORTHY causes that the Gay cause. STARVING children, homeless families, diseases looking for cures. BUT NO, they have to use OUR MONEY to push a political agenda. Walmart doesn't employ union members - instead they use the money they save in salaries to further liberal agendas this way.

Sarah said...

Oh my! I know people have a wide variety of issues with Walmart, but this one takes the cake for me. I have done most of my grocery shopping there for quite some time...but I think I need to start seriously looking for alternatives. I checked, just to get some background info, and they confirmed Walmart's partnership with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
As for the Sam's dilemma - COSTCO!!!! - they are awesome! I don't know where you are in the Metro area, but I know there's one in Overland Park. They treat their employees much better than Walmart does, their stuff is better, and they aren't part of the NGLCC!

Chaos-Jamie said...

Yes, "my" Sam's is just across the highway from Costco. I even had a membership at one time, which I've just renewed. Thakns for the reminder. I was feeling a bit desperate. we are dairy addicts around here!

I've had friends who wouldn't shop at wal-mart for years and I've made merciless fun of them for being snobs, but now I've joined the party. They finally hit my breaking point.

Anonymous said...

I was tossing this issue around a few days ago wondering how I can break my addiction to cheap dairy items when it suddenly hit me...We have a Cosco too. I have never been in but that will be my new membership this year.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I signed the petition. But upon further research, did you realize that the 5% is from those who order off of the DC Center for GLBT People's website? Not saying we shouldn't make a statement - but didn't want people to think this amount was from their main website. Also, if you go to that website ( , there are other national companies that are doing this as well. I guess they're just choosing Wal-Mart to make a statement? Just my two centes.

Joyce B

Chaos-Jamie said...


I can always count on you to do my research, Joyce.

That is probably why they haven't called for the full scale boycott.

It still seems like Wal-Mart could have stayed neutral.