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12/15/2005

AFA biting the hand that rolls back prices?

by Jeremy Hooper

According to the American Family Association's AFR News, the AFA is expressing "disappointment and concern" over a "pro-homosexual seminar" being held tomorrow at Wal-Mart's Arkansas headquarters.

   AFA spokesman Randy Sharp (who you might remember for the twisted statements he made about Walgreens' motives for supporting the Gay Games) says the seminar, entitled "Why Market to Gay America?," throws the company's "pro-family" image into question. He says,

"Basically what they're doing is they're giving their staff an approval of homosexuality, recognizing it as a facet in America that deserves their support and their encouragement and they want their business."

The nerve of them.

We tried to reach Sharp for a comment, but he apparently heard about a Kohl's manager in Jersey who thinks "Will & Grace" is funny, and was too busy trying to change the store's "managerial gay character consumption" policies to speak with us. We then emailed him, but his automatic reply let us know that he'd head out to a Costco in Michigan, where one of the company's male employees walked down an aisle next to another male employee, and the whole scenario too closely resembled a queer wedding procession. So we then tried to go find and speak with Sharp in person, but by the time we got to Michigan, he'd already made his way to Arizona, where a local JC Penney was under his watch for selling pink shirts in the men's department. Desperately wanting a comment, we then tried to reach one of Sharp's underlings, only to find that the whole of the American Family Association's staff has been assigned to one of the nation's retailers to ensure the hetero-fitness of their business practices. Unfortunate.

As for Wal-Mart -- look at you, gettin' all gay-friendly!

AFR News (Last story of the 7:55 broadcast)
Update: More from Agape Press
Wal-Mart Preparing to Offer Another Carrot to GLBT Community [Agape]

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