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Antigay group
protests outside Wal-Mart headquarters

Antigay group
protests outside Wal-Mart headquarters

Dallas-based Operation Save America is opposed to Wal-Mart's partnership with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and its decision to carry a next-morning birth control pill.

An antigay Christian group gathered outside the headquarters of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in Bentonville, Ark., last Friday to protest what it sees as the company's abandoning of the "godly principles" of late founder Sam Walton, The [Fayetteville, Ark.] Morning News reported. Dallas-based Operation Save America is opposed to Wal-Mart's partnership with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and its decision to carry a next-morning birth control pill.

The Reverend Flip Benham of Operation Save America and approximately 35 of its supporters gathered outside Wal-Mart headquarters on Southwest Eighth Street.

"Wal-Mart has been blackmailed by the radical homosexual agenda and the abortion industry. Rather than honoring God, Wal-Mart is now promoting homosexual sodomy and the killing of His children," Benham said in the news release.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Sharon Weber said in response that "everyone has their own opinions, and our focus is on serving our customers."

"Just as importantly, respect for the individual is one of the core values that has made us into the company we are today. We take pride in the fact that we treat every customer, every supplier, and every member of our individual communities fairly and equally," Weber said.

Benham told The Morning News that his group received a "great reception" from store customers but not from officials at Wal-Mart headquarters.

"They're just a little different over there. They're arrogant and unconcerned," he said. "We tried to arrange a meeting with them a week before last, but they said everybody's too busy. We're Wal-Mart customers. They love us when we come in to spend money, but when we come to confront them over the sin they're promoting...they're quite arrogant," Benham said.

A group of around four to five people carrying banners in support of Wal-Mart showed up at the store in response to the protest.

"Mr. Sam would never had allowed this to happen in his store," Benham said.

Weber said members of the Wal-Mart corporate security team did meet with someone from Operation Save America because that is the company's policy toward uninvited guests. "We do that to ensure we understand their agenda for coming and that they plan to act in a safe and responsible manner," she said.

Wal-Mart was getting hit from both the right and left Friday. Wake-Up Wal-Mart, a Washington-based and union-funded group waging a campaign against the company, held candlelight prayer vigils in several cities Friday, including a stop in Little Rock. Its campaign is called "Would Jesus Shop at Wal-Mart?" and includes an ad by a Kentucky Baptist pastor who takes Wal-Mart to task over its wages and benefits. (The Advocate)

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