In his travels as a Florida congressman and Fox News contributor, Allen West hasn’t been above the occasional media slam. After a slipup yesterday on his own site (allenbwest.com), however, West may have a fresh respect for the trials of the press.
In a post that was originally titled “Sharia law comes to Walmart?” West recounted a trip to a Dallas-area Walmart Superstore with his daughter, Aubrey. What ensued, West writes, was an object lesson in contemporary politics and society.
There was a young man doing the checkout and another Walmart employee came over and put up a sign, “No alcohol products in this lane.” So being the inquisitive fella I am, I used my additional set of eyes — glasses — to see the young checkout man’s name. Let me just say it was NOT “Steve.”
I pointed the sign out to Aubrey and her response was a simple question, how is it that this Muslim employee could refuse service to customers based on his religious beliefs, but Christians are being forced to participate in specific events contrary to their religious beliefs?
Boy howdy, that is one astute young lady.
Imagine that, this employee at Walmart refused to just scan a bottle or container of an alcoholic beverage — and that is acceptable. A Christian business owner declines to participate or provide service to a specific event — a gay wedding — which contradicts their faith, and the State crushes them.
Bold text added to highlight an important dynamic — one that West figured out only too late. There is now an “EDITOR’S UDPATE” in the post, and it says this:
EDITOR’S UPDATE: We spoke to the Walmart store, and apparently employees under 21 years old are prohibited from selling cigarettes and alcohol. However, that isn’t to say Walmart isn’t selectively caving to Muslim demands, such as this case regarding Halal meat in Ohio.
That story concerns the efforts of a Walmart store manager near Miami University to stock halal-certified meat in response to requests from Muslims. “We try to act on the requests of customers,” Walmart spokesman Brian Nick told the Erik Wemple Blog. “That’s what we do. In this case, that’s exactly what the store manager was doing.”
West’s post is now headlined, “More ominous signs of Christian persecution.”