Aquinas & More on Boycotting Chinese Products

In a post on the shameful betrayal of Chen Guangcheng at the hands of the US government, the Catholic retailer Aquinas & More reiterates why they don’t carry products made in China:

Since Aquinas and More opened we have had a policy that we don’t buy or sell any products from China. We have posted many times over the years explaining why.

Some of our vendors have tried to convince us that this policy isn’t really wise and have offered many excuses why their stuff is “okay” to purchase including:

  • We inspect the factories and the workers are treated well
  • Our products may convert the factory workers
  • Costs are too high everywhere else in the world to produce these products so it’s better that we do it here to save a dime, a quarter, a dollar, ten dollars, etc. so people can still afford to buy them

The problem with all of this is that China is evil. The administration has a national policy of forcefully killing babies. They imprison Christians including priests and bishops without cause. Every cent we give them just makes the government stronger.

The current case of Chen Guangcheng is a prime example of how evil regimes operate, especially when supposedly good ones take the side of evil.

Read the rest, and good for them. It’s their business, and it can’t be easy to take this kind of moral stand. I’m ashamed at the way the State Department has handled the Chen case. If you don’t think the wild spending sprees of the past 12 years don’t have real-world consequences, then how do you explain Chen? We’ve become lackeys to our Chinese debt-masters, afraid to even defend an obviously just man against a tyrannical and murderous police state. The craven behavior of the administration in this case has been sickening.

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  • Mouse

    Hey, thanks for this info. I think I will use them for religious goods instead of other companies, based on this commitment to ethical practice.

  • Ian

    Hello Thomas,

    Thank you for mentioning us. We’ve had this policy since we opened and it has cost us some business. There are several very popular books that we had to stop carrying when the publisher moved them to China and we have had to hunt for quality statuary. In the end, I’d rather take a stand on this than make a few extra bucks selling resin kneeling Santa figurines.