A Christian-owned grocery store in Arkansas advertised its products with a message slamming refugees seeking asylum in the country.
The weekly ad mailer for Mac’s Cashsaver included this message: “Heaven has a wall, a gate and a strict immigration policy. Hell has open borders. Let that sink in.”
“It just doesn’t make any sense,” said Tyler Reede, who say the mailer while shopping at one of Camden stores. “Why would they put that on there?”
Other customers appreciated the message.
“I didn’t have a problem with it,” said Logan Reede. “If they want to come here, they can come here legally.”
The second guy doesn’t understand that this Republican administration has restricted the amount of legal immigration into the country, or that many of the people Donald Trump complains about are trying to save their own lives through asylum (which is a separate issue from immigration but is also legal).
In any case, the first guy is right to say the message doesn’t make any sense. Heaven may have a gate, but the entire message of Christianity is that literally anyone can come inside… as long as they meet certain requirements. It’s not meant to be an exclusive club that bans people from certain countries or shuts them out because they’re currently suffering.
[Manager Jack] Digby says the store owner is responsible for the message. He claims this was intended to have a Christian meaning, nothing political.
“I am for the company and I am for God. There’s nothing wrong with what that statement says,” Digby said.
This wasn’t a biblical message. It was just Christians sharing a message of conservative cruelty, using the Bible to justify it.
But maybe that’s for the best. I appreciate when Christian shop owners are open and transparent about their bigotry so customers are aware of it. Hell, forget a mailer; they should put giant cardboard cutouts of Trump and Jesus outside the store. Decent people who see that can choose to take their business elsewhere.
(Thanks to Mark for the link)