The AFA may have dropped its boycott of Walmart over their involvement with gay rights groups, but right wing media whore Flip Benham didn’t. Benham is a carnival barker on the religious midway, the guy who shows up anywhere there’s an issue to exploit, from gay rights to abortion to Terri Schiavo, and a camera present. He was out front of a Walmart in Charlotte, NC on Friday, hoping to expose the store’s allegedly pro-gay agenda to the masses, who seemed much more intent on getting their hands on a Playstation 3.
Instead of shopping, Benham spent Friday morning out front of a Charlotte store, preaching against same-sex relationships and passing out leaflets.
One said Wal-Mart is being “blackmailed by the Devil himself.”
Was he speaking of himself? If not, that’s a rather silly statement. Bud Kennedy writes about the AFA withdrawing their call for a boycott and pointing out that Benham just thinks they’ve gone soft:
Benham wasn’t so happy. On his Web site, www.savewalmart.com, he wrote that the AFA “took the bait” and angrily accused conservative Christian churches in America of turning “effeminate.”
Ooh. I think he’s calling Don Wildmon gay; you catty little bitch, you. Kennedy also points out that there were other Christians standing out front of Walmart stores but they were doing something a bit more useful:
Christians were, however, standing in front of every Wal-Mart store and Sam’s Club I saw.
They weren’t carrying picket signs.
Unlike some retailers, Wal-Mart still welcomes the Red Kettle Drive bell ringers from the Salvation Army.
For more than 20 years, Wal-Marts and Sam’s Clubs have hosted the Salvation Army drive. Now, the faith-based charity depends on Wal-Mart shoppers.
Here in North Texas, Wal-Mart and Sam’s stores were 12 of the top 15 Red Kettle sites last year. The Fort Worth and Arlington drives collected more than $500,000 of the $107 million national campaign.
Wal-Mart is doing more to tell that story this year. The retailer will promote a kickoff event Tuesday at noon at stores nationwide after the national Red Kettle Drive rollout Thursday during the Dallas Cowboys game.
About $1 of every $4 for the drive is collected at Wal-Mart and Sam’s stores. The drive ends Christmas Eve.
So if you’re at a Walmart and you see Flip Benham out front protesting, flip him a quarter and tell him to go buy a clue. Then give a buck or two to the guys ringing the bells; they’re actually doing something worthwhile.