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01/23/2007

'BP News': Wal-Mart attacking sanctity of their own search engine

by Jeremy Hooper

From Baptist news source BP News, this little bit of brilliance:

WACO, Texas (BP)--If an Internet user types the word “gay” into the search engine for Wal-Mart’s online bookstore, more than 1,000 titles turn up -- including titles from “Gay Power: An American Revolution” to “The Gay Disciple: Jesus’ Friend Tells It His Own Way.”

Granted, some of the 1,000-plus titles are duplicates and a few are written in opposition to the homosexual agenda, but what is clear is that Wal-Mart continues to dabble in supporting a lifestyle that is contrary to what many of its customers believe is natural and safe.

By offering book selections that cater to the gay and lesbian crowd, America’s top discount retailer is demonstrating a desire to satisfy a vocal minority at the expense of losing the support of a large demographic that helped make Wal-Mart the successful business it has been for years.

And from our sick of the rational thought-free overreactions that pepper our opposition's campaigns of anti-gay antipathy fingers, this response:

NEW YORK, New York (G-A-Y)--If an Internet user types the word “Christian” into the search engine for Wal-Mart’s online bookstore, more than 62,424 titles turn up -- including titles that are in opposition to gay rights.

Granted, some of the 62,000-plus titles are duplicates and a few are written in support of the so-called "homosexual agenda," but what is clear is that Wal-Mart continues to dabble in supporting a religion that is contrary to what some of its customers' own personal beliefs.


By offering book selections that cater to the Christian crowd, America’s top discount retailer is demonstrating a desire to satisfy a VERY vocal majority. And they are doing so WITHOUT the expense of losing the support of those of us gay, atheist, Jewish, agnostic, lesbian, bisexual, non-fanatical folks who ALSO helped make Wal-Mart the successful business it has been for years, as we don't tend to act like reactionary extremists.

Loudspeaker::screech:: Attention Myopic Views on Humanity-Mart shoppers: You are not the only ones to whom we wish to sell our products. You do, however, have the ability to NOT PURCHASE the ones that don't tickle your pickle! This is why we don't just sell chocolate ice cream, but also strawberry, vanilla, and pecan prailine.

Thank you, EVERYONE, for shopping with us! Please be sure to check out our special in Aisle Decency, where if you buy one carton of "peace and equality for all," you get a "fair and just world" for free!

Wal-Mart still dabbling in support of homosexual agenda [BP News]

***For more on Wal-Mart's perceived "pushing of the homosexual agenda," see: Good As You: Wal-Mart

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Just an interesting note: Even though many of Wal-Marts "traditional supporters" may have strong feelings against the Mormon church, the retailer sell a broad selection of Mormon (LDS) books and videos in all areas with even a moderate LDS population.

Like the example of Wal-Mart carrying (a few) gay-related items, this isn't about the retailer turning it's back on the values that built it. It's about a major (international) corporation trying to serve a wide and varied customer base.

Final Point: I might not think that eating Twinkies constitutes a healthy lifestyle, but when I go to Wal-Mart, I don't have to buy them.

Posted by: Scott Olson | Jan 23, 2007 4:49:06 PM

I do like a good bit of "fair use" comedy. Well done and well written.

Posted by: Lord Matt | Jan 23, 2007 5:16:45 PM

I have to do a project on logical fallacies for Theory of Knowledge class, and the article referenced in this post gave me 6 of the 12 fallacies I have to analyze. Thank you, Good As You!

Posted by: Ben | Jan 24, 2007 10:40:18 PM

We aim to please, Ben.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 24, 2007 10:51:04 PM

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