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Wal-Mart Stores Selling Ex-Gay Children's Book


Society & Culture  (tags: homosexuality, Wal-Mart, bigotry, gay pride, culture, americans, activists, gayrights )

Michelle
- 1439 days ago - gawker.com
Not surprising, but still awful! About 100 Wal-Mart stores across this hideous nation are selling copies of Chased by an Elephant, the Gospel Truth about Today's Stampeding Sexuality, a kid's book about defeating one's homosexuality



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Carol H. (229)
Friday October 8, 2010, 12:26 pm
oh for goodness sake! thanks Michelle. noted
 

Laura H. (888)
Friday October 8, 2010, 5:06 pm
Yet ANOTHER reason why Walmart SUCKS.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Friday October 8, 2010, 10:50 pm
BIGOTS
 

Patricia Cannell (751)
Saturday October 9, 2010, 7:47 am
Noted. Had to laugh at some of the comments. Freedom of speech is still out there isn't it? Just because I don't agree with this book does not mean someone can't sell it. Obviously there are brain damaged parents who think that this book will be useful.
 

Trish K. (93)
Saturday October 9, 2010, 10:20 am
I thought stampedeing sexuality was for the GOP . The parents that buy this book are probably the same ones
that yell at the children in the store and threaten to spank (hit) them.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Saturday October 9, 2010, 11:53 am
Don't you get as weary as I do of fighting the same, stupid, old battles over and over? Isn't there some way we could change all these bigots into homosexuals so that they could see how silly they are?
 

. (1)
Saturday October 9, 2010, 12:53 pm
In my eyes and opinion the only reason sooo many children feel gay anyways is the exposure to gregarious amounts of sexualized media and the stereotypes of man and women. All people wish to break the mold from which they were formed and the creation of the gay alternative lifestyle is a major force of selfish and highly sexualized energy. The promotion of sex shops and the artificial apendages not to mention the availabilty of falsely created children through means of in-vitro fertilization makes the lifestyle seam completley accaptable when in reality it is a false creation.
 

donald Baumgartner (4)
Saturday October 9, 2010, 1:04 pm
They"re ALL bigots, Wal MART TOO!!
 

Gloria H. (88)
Saturday October 9, 2010, 1:56 pm
Does LDS have stock in Walmart? Maybe the books have book marks with fill in the coupon, mail it in, and we will send our missionaries right to your door to "set you straight"! Why can't the church just leave people alone? My Mormon ex-husband's freind said to me "Maybe someday I will find out why you don't go to church", to which I replied "I do go to church, just not YOUR one". To them, the only church is theirs. Everyone else is wrong. Ok, think that way, but when LDS church goes political in supporting political measures..I think it crosses separation of church and state...tax the church!!!! LDS is the fastest growing church in USA. Watch out...they are coming to your house!!!!
 

Catrina Velez (46)
Saturday October 9, 2010, 2:02 pm
Oh, let it alone! No parent wants his child to grow up to be a homosexual, or a dope addict or a jailbird. But there is a lot of propaganda out there that encourages youngsters to try ALL of these "alternative lifestyles.". So, why the fuss over one small book that might help prevent the damage? An ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of cure!
 

Ray r. (56)
Saturday October 9, 2010, 3:57 pm
Catrina, you dont mention other alternative lifestyles encouraged by catholocism (which came about 400 years after Christianity) Paedophilia for example. I recently also read of nuns and priests disposing of babies bodies, in S America and Poland.
No prevention here!
 

Lisa W. (0)
Saturday October 9, 2010, 4:00 pm
Where's the book entitled "Chased By Greedy Bastards: The Gospel Truth about Corporate America"? If one must push religious bigotry, I really wish one wouldn't do so under the guise of Christianity. Christianity is supposed to be based on the teachings of Christ, the NEW covenant. This homophobic blather stems from the Old Testament...I think if you're gonna be down with the OT, then you should be all the way down, meaning lady, get your ass to a separate tent while you're menstruating and leave the seafood and pork alone. And be prepared to sacrifice your designer pooch when you've sinned. Geez.
 

Yolanda L. (0)
Saturday October 9, 2010, 8:49 pm
This why I don't shop at Wal-Mart. No, I'm not rich, I just do NOT encourage bigotry. Lisa W. Is right. If your a Christian, you shouldn't believe in everything the Old Testament says: IT WAS WRITTEN BY MEN... A LOOOOOOOOOONG TIME AGO.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 9, 2010, 9:58 pm
Freedom of speech, it is for everyone.
If they can save one person from being gay it is worth it.
Atheists find gays repulsive as well.
 

Charlene Rush (2)
Saturday October 9, 2010, 10:07 pm
Don't do, haven't done and never will do Wal-Mart. Target is in the same league.

Sometimes, morals must trump low prices.
 

Diane L. (110)
Sunday October 10, 2010, 12:58 am
First of all, no such thing as an "EX" gay person. Secondly, why is Walmart the villain for selling any book unless it's a how-TO book on bomb-making or something evil that promotes killing or terrorism?

Be Kuel, I normally don't call anyone a name in this site, and try to be respectful of the opinions of everyone, but honestly, yours is a bit over the top. "Save one person from being gay"? People are born one way or the other. Reading a book isn't going to change that. Atheists do not find gays repulsive, and if you make an ascinine statement like that, you are showing your ignorance in a huge way. Actually, most atheists are just not opinionated about sexual orientation to that extent, and their only "opinion" is that they don't believe there is "A" or only "one" God. Stop and think about the fact that it's usually organized religions such as Southern Baptists who go off on the anti-gay rants, claiming it's against GOD's will. If one doesn't believe in God, then why would they oppose homosexuality? HMMMM????
 

KAREN L. (10)
Sunday October 10, 2010, 8:47 am
Ex-gay............doesn't that mean he NEVER WAS.................
 

Arielle S. (317)
Sunday October 10, 2010, 9:19 am
For peter's sake, some people have blonde hair, some have green eyes, some are tall, some are fat - some are gay. It's part of being human - not a choice, not something somebody does to be difficult, it's just the way we humans are made.
 

Beaulah Nel (6)
Sunday October 10, 2010, 2:16 pm
One's sexual orientation is not a choice, but the way God has created people to be. All that books like this do is promote more homophobia, as though the world doesn't have enough of that already!
 

Jane H. (134)
Sunday October 10, 2010, 3:02 pm
Homophobia is alive and well at Walmart and everywhere else in America---we need to end it.
 

Ricardo C. (66)
Sunday October 10, 2010, 3:13 pm
You can't fight or change what you are in this sense. I believe you shouldn't. You can suppress what you are but in the long run you'll get depressed and feel miserable. These books don't help, because they are telling you that "they" are different. They are not! They are human beings just like the rest of us! A better book would be for heterosexuales: "Respect Who They Are!" They must accept who they are and we must respect it, that's all!.

 

Diane L. (110)
Sunday October 10, 2010, 11:27 pm
Ricardo, I quite agree with you. I also agree with those who said this book is just "wrong", however, the point is that it's a retailer's right to sell whatever is out there to sell. This book doesn't promote killing gays and lesbians, does it? It's just a different point of view. Should Walmart stop selling religious books which state that anyone else (those who disagree with that viewpoint) is evil or is going to go to HELL? When would that stop? Who is going to be the "ultimate" censor who decides what a retailer is going to sell or NOT sell? Nobody is forcing anyone to buy this book. Stop "picking" on Walmart and making them the scapegoat for peoples' bigotry and stupidity. That's like saying Mcdonald's alone is responsible for everybody's obesity. At some point in time, people are going to have to take responsibility for their own actions and stop pointing fingers and laying the blame on the stores and retailer's. Remember Flip Wilson? THE DEVIL MADE HIM DO IT! Nonsense!
 

Mrs Shakespeare (35)
Sunday October 10, 2010, 11:47 pm
I agree Patricia. We can go on and on and on about how nasty this is, but that is because WE think its nasty. There are people who on the contrary would go on and on and on about how cool this is!!
I guess we cant do much.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 20, 2010, 6:57 pm
As much as I hate all this right-winged bigotry, I think they should be allowed to sell the book. Just like supporters of LGBT say "Don't like gay marriage, don't get one." Walmart could say "Don't like, don't buy." The fact that they are selling this book is upsetting, but really, they have to right to sell it if they want.
 

Diane L. (110)
Wednesday October 20, 2010, 9:01 pm
I agree, Mary! I am offended at getting constant e-mails for buying cheap Viagara and having my male "part" enhanced (I'm a 68-yr-old FEMALE), but the "delete" button is right there. I am offended by the commercials on TV for Viagara, male enhancement and female personal protection stuff, but there again, I can either fast forward or change channels. At least the "sex toys" as advertised on TV have their own special channels, so I don't have to be subjected to watching those, either. Maybe it would be an idea if Walmart put this book, and any others that could be offensive to the average person, on a specific place on their rack and cover with a cloth, or behind a case where a customer would have to ask for them specifically, such as with Playboy, Hustler and others at the grocery store? Remember those used to be out in plain sight, but now, they're usually behind a counter where the public isn't exposed to them. They can still be purchased, but one has to ASK for it. If those who think this book should be banned, remember, that's a dangerous precedent to start. I also think asking for it to not be sold, PERIOD, at a retailer, such as Walmart, is not a good idea, HOWEVER, why not just request Walmart put it a special place, marked "please ask/inquire if interested". I think books and magazines and other printed material are a bit different than other products which have been removed from store shelves because they are offensive. Nobody is forced to read what the book says without removing it from the shelf. On the other hand, some of the offensive toys that were removed from shelves of retailers (such as Target) were out for public display where everyone could see them. I don't remember the specifics, but there was a doll or toy a few months back that depicted women in a very disrespectful way and Target removed them. Frankly, many of the video games are like that, but there again, nobody has to play them, and they aren't sitting in display modules for everyone to use and try out. This is a very touchy subject. When is offensive to some, unsuitable for everyone?
 

Ed G. (1)
Thursday October 21, 2010, 12:30 pm
Why would anyone be surprised at this Sam Walton is a notorius religious right winger. He and his family have supported such causes in the past. Chances are they have figured out how to make it tax deductible or make it come out of employee wages. The Waltons are the original money lenders greed beyond all else profit is NUMBER 1 to hell with anyone else. So what if people can't afford to have surgery the public will pay..
 

Diane L. (110)
Friday October 22, 2010, 5:56 am
Sorry, Ed G., but Sam Walton has been dead for years. His family doesn't control what the stores sell, the management team that controls the stores (they are now public on the stock market) does. I doubt that the religious or NON religious content of books are a concern, only that they will or won't sell. Tax-deductible? Are you serious? They PAY taxes on everything sold, and how would anything come out of employees wages? Sorry, but that makes no sense. What does "so what if people can't afford to have surgery the public will pay" have to do with the topic, anyway? Nobody forces you to shop at Walmart, so go somewhere else. I'm a retired Teamster, and I get the propaganda every month in my Teamster newspaper about not shopping at Walmart, but frankly, I could give a rip about that. They don't endorse Walmart because they aren't union. I know for fact that some of the crap about how Walmart treats their employees is just that.........unsubstantiated rumors. I've become friends with several of the employees at my local Walmart, and they like their jobs very well, are well-paid and have the same benefits as employees in similar retailers, actually better than many. They don't treat women differently,either. Both the store manager AND the asst. mgr. of my store are female, and they do get paid vacations, sick leave and holiday pay.

This is gettng off-topic, but just get annoyed at bashing and inuindo about Walmart when I think 99% of the time, it's based on absolutely zero knowledge of facts and succumbing to rumors, or getting on the "popular" bandwagon.
 
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