What is a person with a social conscience to do this weekend?
For the past few years, some of us have vigilantly tried to avoid shopping at Wal-Mart.
This is in response to their shoddy treatment of employees; the frequent exposés of illegal aliens working in their stores; and the profound negative impact they often have on local small businesses. Of course, the fact that I don’t really like their selection of goods – or think the prices are all that great – makes this political protest rather painless.
All together, it has been quite easy to be an anti-Wal-Mart snob. Do understand that this comes from someone deeply rooted in do-good shopping – someone who still winces when buying Gallo wine – thinking I am somehow letting down Cesar Chavez and California’s grape workers.
With this in mind, you can imagine, the very idea of shopping at a Wal-Mart during the first few days after Thanksgiving was out of the question. (The vision of masses of humanity beating down their doors in the dawn’s early light didn’t help any.)
But then, what to my wondrous eyes should appear? An e-mail came Tuesday pleading with me to “ Send A Message To Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, Don't Shop With Them This Friday Or Saturday .”
And, shock-of-all-shocks, this wasn’t from Danny Thompson and organized labor nor was it from some do-good liberal group; it was from none other than Mr. Straight Conservative Nevada: Richard Ziser!!!
He informs us that Wal-Mart has strayed from the pro-family, pro-marriage, pro-Christian path and has become an active promoter of sinful gay-ism.
Not only has Wal-Mart made a corporate donation to a group that helps gay folks in northwestern Arkansas (personally, I’d think if you were gay in rural Arkansas, you’d need all the help you could get) but Wal-Mart has supported the “Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.” (not to be confused with numerous local Chambers of Commerces around the country with closeted gays in leadership positions – they’re OK because the still talk and give Republican)
The Ziser e-mail also reports that Wal-Mart sells “pro-homosexual items” from their website. Someone was so obsessed that they counted: “A quick search of Wal-Mart's website turned up the following number of items for sale:
Gay - 1148
Lesbian - 468
Transgender - 40
Bisexual - 38
Gay Marriage – 26”
Quick search? I wandered around the site in question for ten minutes and couldn’t find anything more risqué than a stuffed Telletubie.
The e-mail also reported that Wal-Mart “invited a homosexual ad agency to their headquarters for a 2-day seminar to indoctrinate employees” with the evil, anti-Christian message of “tolerance” and “diversity.”
To top it all off, for some mysterious reason “Wal-Mart chose to promote sales of the "Brokeback Mountain" DVD but didn’t run ads promoting a family-oriented film ("The Chronicles of Narnia”).
Surely this couldn’t have anything to do with the fact that Brokeback Mountain won 3 Oscars and was honored with Best Picture and Best Director accolades from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Golden Globe Awards, Critics Choice Awards, along with 77 other international wins and has a worldwide gross of more than $178 million -- while Narnia received the 2005 Academy Award for “Best Make-Up.”
No. No. It must be a conspiracy by gays -- and those in bed with gays – and it is ample reason for us to boycott this treacherous company.
So, where does this leave a person of good social conscience this weekend?
Will my continuing to not shop at Wal-Mart be interpreted as demonstrating solidarity with Ziser and his crowd?
Do I have to get my turkey & stuffing-stuffed body out the door early on Friday and go buy things at a Wal-Mart in protest of their protest?
I would prefer to stay home, eat leftovers, watch sports while blog-surfing, and listen to the stories from more adventurous family and friends who brave the crowds on “Family Day.” I don’t want to actually have to do anything. Can’t I take a stand without going to Wal-Mart?
This must be an even greater quandary for a gay union member.