Let's take a look at the religious right hate group, the American Family Association, and the specific complaints they had with Wal-Mart - complaints that led them to call for a boycott of Wal-Mart. A boycott, mind you, that they called off last night after declaring victory.
Per the AFA's email alert earlier this week:
Here is why we are asking you not to shop at Wal-Mart or Sam's Club this Friday or Saturday:Now let's look at what the AFA got that convinced it to declare victory and call off the boycott.
Wal-Mart gave $60,000 to homosexual group to support homosexual agenda in the workplace
Wal-Mart made a generous donation to the Northwest Arkansas Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center
Wal-Mart sells pro-homosexual items from their website
Wal-Mart asks for, and receives, permission to join Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Wal-Mart invites homosexual ad agency to headquarters for 2-day seminar to indoctrinate employees.
Last March, Wal-Mart chose to promote "Brokeback Mountain" video over a top-selling family-oriented film. Wal-Mart began taking advance orders of the homosexual love movie, "Brokeback Mountain." A large display greeted customers when they walked through the front doors of the store. "Brokeback Mountain" was released the same day as best selling pro-family movie, "The Chronicles of Narnia" which Wal-Mart did not promote.
1. Wal-Mart's $60k donation to civil rights group? No change.
2. Wal-Mart donation to community center? No change.
3. Wal-Mart refuses to ban online sale of products that in any way, shape, or form deal with gay issues, topics, people? No change.
4. Wal-Mart becomes member of Gay chamber of commerce? No change.
5. Wal-Mart solicits advice from gay ad agency? No change.
6. Wal-Mart advertises new product, Brokeback Mountain movie? No change.
What DID Wal-Mart do? They issued a statement saying they wouldn't support "controversial causes." None of the issues raised above is a "controversial cause," nor did Wal-Mart back off of any of the concerns raised. Also, to the extent that Wal-Mart ever does anything to support the religious right or Evangelical Christians, all we need do is raise hell because that will make said support "controversial" and Wal-Mart will, per this new statement, drop them. Some victory there, AFA.
That's called an all-out, utter failure on behalf of the religious right hate group American Family Association. But then again, it's par for the course. AFA called of their years-long Disney boycott after accomplishing nothing (they of course declared victory). AFA declared victory after Ford Motor Company gave them nothing last December except coal in their chastity belts, then the AFA boycotted Ford when Ford came forward and said AFA was full of crap (and do ask AFA how that Ford boycott is faring, they can't quantify a thing). Then there was the religious right attack on Microsoft last year - same deal, lots of bluster, and utter failure.
America doesn't like a hater. And the haters-for-Jesus, just like their OJ-loving TV network, are increasingly-angry paper tigers who are quickly falling out of favor. Sad.