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9 December 2005

God and the UFCW

Here's the script:

Our faith teaches us "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

If these are our values, then ask yourself: should people of faith shop at Wal-Mart this holiday season?

When Wal-Mart repeatedly broke child labor laws, is being sued by 1.5 million women for discrimination, and over 600,000 Wal-Mart workers and their families have no company health care?

If these are Wal-Mart's values should people of faith shop at Wal-Mart?

Should you?

This spot is running in six states, including Oklahoma.

I'm guessing I was absent the day they covered the Biblical requirement for health insurance, but that's a minor issue compared to this:

"Out of our religious heritage comes the recognition that we are not allowed to deprive people of their God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In this respect the Wal-Mart form of business represents plantation capitalism; the few become very wealthy and the many become poorer," stated Reverend James Lawson of Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, CA.

They're depriving people of life, liberty and so forth? Is something going on at Associates meetings that I don't know about?

I admit to being a bit perplexed by this "Where would Jesus shop?" premise. I think we can safely conclude that JC opposed commerce in the Temple, but beyond that, it's hard to be sure.

On the other hand, Paul lectured the Thessalonians thusly (New KJV):

For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; nor did we eat anyone's bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us.

For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.

And we're awash in busybodies these days, says Dan Fogelman of Wal-Mart:

Truly, many Americans are deeply offended that union leadership would use religion as just another tactic in the negative attack campaign against a company that donates more money to good works than any other company in America.

"Deeply offended?" I'm not. Then again, I rather strongly suspect that if the United Food and Commercial Workers had negotiated a contract with Bentonville that gave Wal-Mart Associates exactly what they're getting now, we wouldn't be seeing any of this.

(Disclosure: Total amount spent by me at Wal-Mart this year: $0. Last year: $0.)

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The best thing about christians shopping at wal-mart is that wal-mart is the #1 purchaser in the U.S. of Chinese goods. They account for 10% of our trade deficit with China and import more from china than many countries. Therefore, when a christian buys something at wal-mart, he is helping to funnel money into a country that denies the very existence of the person whose birthday he is celebrating.

Posted by: Daniel McCune at 12:02 PM on 9 December 2005

wal-mart is the #1 purchaser in the U.S. of Chinese goods.

Base the argument on that and you'll get somewhere. This "Where would Jesus shop?" idiocy is going to get about as much traction as a skateboard in quicksand.

Posted by: McGehee at 2:28 PM on 9 December 2005

I spend the same amount as you at WM. But this definitely smells like Union tactics. Scary ain't it. Unionize WalMart and they'll go the way of GM et al, but all the (Democratic) pols care about is wringing votes and contributions from this. (The Dems are making a big push around here to get them unionized - the religious angle doesn't work so well here among the heathens.)

Posted by: Mr. Snitch! at 12:51 AM on 10 December 2005

Well, the states in which this spot is running are generally in the South, a region which is relatively more religious and less unionized than most of the country, so obviously the UFCW did some homework first.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:28 AM on 10 December 2005

I anxiously await the union's demonstration store where they show how to pay hign wages and generous benefits while keeping prices low. Won't WalMart just turn green?

Posted by: Walter E. Wallis at 10:20 AM on 10 December 2005