Christian food store’s ‘wall’ message angers some, delights others

Christian food store’s ‘wall’ message angers some, delights others February 11, 2019

SHOULD a store use its promotional material to send religious or political messages to customers?

The question arose following the distribution of leaflet by Mac’s Fresh Market, a family-owned Christian grocery store, to people in Arkansas and Louisiana – angering some and pleasing others.

 

The store’s promotional material typically includes a religious or political message at the top, but this one – which was also posted on its Facebook page – is causing quite a kerfuffle.

Some took to Facebook to express disappointment with the store. Wrote one:

Bad move. I hope you go out of business.

Another said:

Check out our weekly ad for great xenophobia!

But one who agreed with the message wrote:

Absolutely agree and support you 100%. How can folks be mad at this? The Bible does say there is a gate and wall.

Another said:

Please stand strong! I’m behind you and feel the same way. Don’t be intimidated by the ones who yell and scream the loudest. Thank you for stating the facts!

The store has, in the past used its Facebook page to oppose abortion, using the meme below.

Jack Digby, manager at a Mac’s Cash Saver store in Camden, Arkansas, said he’s been taking calls from customers who read about the ad online. He said the store owner was aiming for a Christian message and didn’t mean to wade into politics.

They’re just making a political spin out of it and getting the wrong idea of what it really means. I am for this company and I am for God. There’s nothing wrong with what that statement says.

Image via Facebook

Mac’s Fresh Market owner Reggy McDaniel, above, said the message on the circular was about faith, and not, as some suggested, racist.

I thought it was a perfect time because everybody is talking about the border, some people want it, some don’t want us to have one. The only thing I was shocked about was that it’s racist. I have never in my life been accused of being a racist, I’m 70 years old — I haven’t evolved into one.

The company said it stands by its note and has no plans to discontinue putting out ads with messages each week.

Last year, a British pub chain, Weatherspoon, quit all social media because of the flak it was getting for its aggressive demands that the UK should leave the European Union.

The company’s Chairman and fanatical Brexiteer Tim Martin said Weatherspoon, which owns 900 pubs, was not benefiting from its presence on platforms such as Facebook – which, incidentally,  has a Boycott Weatherspoon page. However, it continues to press for Brexit on beer mats, and in its quarterly magazine and other promotional material.

 

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  • valleycat1

    I have no
    Problem with privately owned businesses taking any public stance they want, but that does not mean they are immune from criticism. I do have a problem that they are flagrantly posting memes with a president and flag, on a political hot button topic, then claim it is religious, not political. In N Out does it better, having tiny bible references hidden away on their paper goods.

  • The Bofa on the Sofa

    Apparently this “Christian message” failed to read Matt 25: 31-46

    “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,”

    The US isn’t heaven. The bible is very clear on the message for people on earth.

  • zenlike

    Jack Digby: “They’re just making a political spin out of it”
    It was a political message. Why are rightwing christians virtually unable to ever be honest?

  • Bubblecar

    Presumably 99% of the customers of that dump are redneck bigots who would agree with those signs if they could read, so there’s little point in organising boycotts.

  • barriejohn

    The right wing seem devoid of logical faculties. In Hungary, that genius, Viktor Orban, plans to reward mothers of four or more children with freedom from income tax for life. There’s a problem with falling population levels in much of Europe, but we can’t have immigrants filling the gap – oh, no sirree!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47192612

  • Anat

    Just more evidence that hell is the place to prefer.

  • Just as some of them believe that Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a “personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” there are presumably some who think politics is what those other people do.

  • Just watch what happens when some mother Orban thinks isn’t a legitimate Hungarian tries to claim that prize.

  • The Bofa on the Sofa

    Then there is the question of, why does heaven need a wall? Or a gate? Are dead people just going to wander in if it doesn’t have physical barriers? Why can’t an omnipotent, omniscient God control immigration without a wall?

    You know, as you think about it, the concept of a heaven surrounded by a wall with a gate makes no sense at all.

    Christians get mad at atheists for reading the bible too literally. “Four corners of the earth” and all that. It’s all about figurative language in those cases. But heaven has a wall around it? That’s literal!

    Blithering idiocy. Total, blithering idiocy.

  • guerillasurgeon

    I suspect they are being honest. They are just blind to the implications. “Blinded by the light.” 🙂

  • Shan

    Reggy’s thought process according to him:

    “Politics is all about walls and borders. Let’s make a Christian message about how walls and borders are not only biblical, but heavenly!

    “Oh noes, people are mad! Who would’ve thunk they’d interpret that message as political and not just about the love of the Lawd?!”

  • Shan

    They just like it both ways. For example, ask any church group spouting the “Relationship with Jesus” thing if that means they should forfeit any religious tax exception. After all, they said they’re just bros with Jesus, not a religion.

  • Shan

    Jesus only meant that about white, blond people like himself /s

  • Snakeheaded Banshee

    There is no such thing as a Christian food store. Food stores don’t have beliefs, they cannot attend services, nor can shoppers purchase exclusively Christian goods as is the case with a Christian book store. There are, however, store owners with beliefs and this store owner’s beliefs are repugnant.

  • Broga

    And who wrote in the King James English.

  • Broga

    They are repellent in their smug confidence. As for that Reagan quote, it is the kind of moronic smart ass comment that delights the believers and makes anyone with a scintilla of rational thinking puke.

  • Daz

    “Our pointed reference to politically topical things was made with absolutely no topical political allusion in mind. Honest, guv.”

  • Vanity Unfair

    Reagan quote: replace “for” with “against” and it makes just the same amount of of sense.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    So hell’s open border policy means that its residents are free to leave at any time. I’m sure that is what the flyer message meant.

  • barriejohn

    If I mention the Nazis, will someone say “Godwin’s Law”?

  • barriejohn
  • Broga

    There is a “Christian Book Shop” in a town near me i.e. a hell of a long way off. I wandered in once about a year ago out of curiosity. I was the only “customer.” Right, I admit it, I am over tender in my feelings (my wife tells me.) But I felt sorry for the woman trying to sell books. She was a volunteer and one of a rota and she was there once a week. She said, “So few come in any more. I don’t know what has happened to faith. It is the same at our church. I was brought up to believe but I wonder where we are all going. Have we lost touch with God?”

    Much more of the same. No, I let it be and I didn’t buy a book. An aged woman, steeped in misery, is not someone I would make more miserable.

  • Jiminy Kricketts

    wow…so as you suggest, those ‘LITTLE TINY BIBLE REFERENCES’ are ok b/c they are hard to find? and that is acceptable? welcome to your own subjective definition of censorship. your ‘problem’ with flagrancy has nothing to do with legality, and constitutional freedom. really the bottom line is that when the article asks >SHOULD a store use its promotional material to send religious or political messages to customers?< the answer is, who cares? if it is withing their legal right, it is all of subjective opinion. and as a result, meaningless.

  • larry parker

    Why does heaven need a wall? To keep people in. : )

  • Cali Ron

    I don’t recall the part of the bible articulating heavens immigration policy. Funny how these Christians claim piety while lying like a street con.

  • phatkhat

    El Dorado, Arkansas, is lovingly known here in the state as “Helldorado”. It isn’t exactly a lovely place. All of Arkansas is a religious cess pit, but the southern part is even worse, and you are right about the clientele.