Wednesday, May 18, 2005

To atone, they'll only sell electric ovens from now on

Walmart sent a letter of apology to the ADL for a full-page ad to protest Flagstaff's Proposition 100 that would limit the "big box stores" to location and community standards of design. The ad itself featured a photo of a Nazi book-burning (complete with folks in Nai uniform). The text under the photo said: "Should we let government tell us what we can read?'' and continued with "Of course not, So why should we allow local government to limit where we can shop?''

Walmart admits it made a terrible mistake in approving the ad, but stated the were "unaware of the photo's historical context until after the fact."
"We feel strongly that our ads speak the truth but we regret the image we used offended some of those who have sacrificed so much," added the letter from Protect Flagstaff's Future Committee.
The ads speak to the truth? Other ads in the series featured a child praying and a woman with duct tape over her mouth.
Company president Chuck Coughlin defended the intent of the ad, saying, "We wanted people to think about the freedoms we enjoy in America. The intent was wholly honorable and good(.) We will not back away from substance of the ads .
I have to agree with the folks at on this one, it's presumptuous (to say the least) to compare retail zoning ordinances with civil liberties.

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