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Dubious Decisions at Wal-Mart

Posted by thelamp on August 30, 2006

 The world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart is risking losing a significant share of its market with two poor choices – an alliance with a homosexual pressure group and an initial refusal to acknowledge Christmas.Last week Wal-Mart Stores announced a partnership with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The retailer has agreed to step up its purchasing from gay- and lesbian-owned businesses and to make other concessions to the homosexual community, even though it has never been found guilty of discrimination against homosexuals. Clearly, the company bowed to the strong-arm tactics of a pressure group, which will only make it more vulnerable to similar actions from some other representative of an “oppressed” minority.

Wal-Mart’s subsidiary, Sam’s Club, also made a misstep recently, avoiding the use of the word “Christmas” in its in-house magazine. They referred to “holiday cards,” “holiday ribbon” and “holiday gift bags” without mentioning the name of the holiday they make billions of dollars from. Wal-Mart has ignored pro-family groups’ overtures asking that they acknowledge Christmas.

There’s a market in the retail community for a company that isn’t afraid to cater to those who proudly celebrate Christmas. It’s too bad that Wal-Mart doesn’t want a piece of that economic pie. CMC urges Christians to pay attention to which stores acknowledge Christmas and which ones don’t, and support with their business those that understand the reason for the season.



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