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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Where Would Jesus Shop?

Don't laugh. There's a new ad out asking that question.
Pastor Joe Phelps (no relation to the evil Fred, as far as I can tell- B) of Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., asks in the ad, “Can we continue to shop at Wal-Mart without insulting God?” He lists allegations that Wal-Mart has violated child labor laws and engaged in gender-based discrimination, and says half the company's 1.3 million U.S. employees aren't covered under the company health plan.

Wal-Mart spokesman Dave Tovar said the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union is backing negative attacks while Wal-Mart is creating jobs.

The stores that employ the union's members in California are getting their clocks cleaned by Wal-Mart's super stores. Gotta love a free market economy.

Where should people shop instead? The grocery stores get their products, for the most part, from the same suppliers as WallyWorld. K-Mart, Target, etc. get the products that sit on their shelves from the same overseas companies (that may or may not violate child labor laws). Company health plans aren't offered to part-time employees at other retailers.

Wal-Mart's not perfect. Don't get me wrong. But the unions (and the media, and the Left in general) don't like Wal-Mart because they've proven that you don't need the unions to succeed in this country.

Days like this I wish Sam Walton was still with us. I would have loved to have heard his reaction to this.

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