Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Where Would Jesus Shop II?

The Christmas Wars took another interesting turn this week, when the United Food and Commercial Workers union launched a TV ad across several southern states using religion to support their case for better wages and health benefits.

So, can you fill in the blank?

“Our faith teaches us, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,’” the ad begins. “If these are our values, then ask yourself, should people of faith shop at _______ this holiday season?”

A) Wal-Mart
B) Toys-R-Us
C) Vons and Pavilions
D) Virgin Records


A) Wal-Mart. But lest you think this campaign was cooked up by a bunch of radical union leaders, 65 clergy members and religious figures signed a letter in support of the campaign, noting that Wal-Mart’s poor wages, crummy health coverage and other business practices aren’t very, well, Christianly, noting that “Jesus would not embrace Wal-Mart’s values of greed and profits at any cost, particularly when children suffer as a result of those misguided values.”


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