A family-owned Christian grocery store in Arkansas has created quite a stir politically. In fact, the simple act of sending out a grocery ad mailer has outraged liberals. Why? Because in it is the quote: “Heaven has a wall, a gate and a strict immigration policy. Hell has open borders. Let that sink in.” President Trump has said something very similar.
The store has several locations in Southeast Arkansas, Louisiana, and Missouri, and they are getting an earful from liberals over this. The ad book was mailed to four Mac’s Cashsaver stores in Arkansas. According to the store, the mailer typically includes a religious or political message, so this is not out of line with their previous mailings. Only this time, the current mailer includes a message that references the U.S./Mexico border wall controversy.
According to Newsweek, in December, the top of the circular read, “Jesus is the reason for the season,” and in January, the circular read, “Persecution and distress cannot be separated from God’s love.”
Leftist liberal customers did not like the heaven and hell quote, to put it mildly. “It just doesn’t make any sense,” said Tyler Reede, who saw the mailer while shopping at one of Camden stores. “Why would they put that on there?” Maybe because it’s the truth? The majority of the criticism was found on Facebook, Newsweek reported, and many users called for a boycott of the store.
Other customers loved the message. “I didn’t have a problem with it,” said Logan Reede. “If they want to come here, they can come here legally.” Exactly!
Employees claim they have been approached by dozens of customers over the mailer and some of them have even received phone calls over it. “They’re just making a political spin out of it and getting the wrong idea of what it really means,” explained Manager Jack Digby.
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“One user wrote, “You guys think that heaven is only full of white people? Boy, are you in for a surprise. You may wanna try hell first, who knows you may see more people you know that you thought were there.”
“The commenter added, “You guys have just put the first nail in the coffin that is your company. Welcome to what we call a PR nightmare.”
“According to Fox News, another added, “Please remove me from any mailers. I will no longer shop in your store. I find your mixture of religion and politics disgusting.”
“Some social media users even branded the ad “racist.”
“We are also checking out your racism and fake religion,” one user wrote.
“Reggy McDaniel, the owner of the store, said that he believed he picked a perfect time to run the ad, because it sparked a lot of conversation about the situation at the U.S.’s southern border.
“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,” McDaniel told KALB-TV. “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.”
“Despite the backlash, some social media users promised to start frequenting the store more.
“Due to your Christian beliefs, I’m going to start shopping more at Mac’s! We need more store owners like you,” the user wrote.
“McDaniel said the hubbub over the ad won’t stop him from putting out similar circulars in the future.
“I appreciate them shopping with me, but this is America they have the privilege of shopping where they want to,” McDaniel added. “All I can do is tell them my case if they want to describe me in some kind of way that I am someone who is not worthy to shop with, I’d be shocked.”‘
Digby stated that 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. And he’s right.
The ad mailer was also sent to several locations in Louisiana. The company says it stands by the messages and plans to keep including them in the weekly mailers – good for them.