- Michael DukeCeo
- Wal-Mart Ethics Office
Tell Wal-Mart: Don't Sell Books About Curing Gay People
Walmart is known for its falling prices. Turns out the mega retail chain is also about to be known for selling a book that says you can be delivered from homosexuality.
Staff members from QSaltLake bring this news, noting that over 100 Walmart stores are set to carry a book by Mormon author Janice Barrett Graham, where Graham champions ex-gay therapy and curing people of their homosexuality. The book, Chased By An Elephant: The Gospel Truth About Today's Stampeding Sexuality, is intended to "shed the clear light of truth on today's dark and tangled ideas about male and female, proper gender roles, the law of chastity, and the God-given sexual appetite."
The book also includes an introduction by Janice Barrett Graham's son, Andrew, who professes that the "gay lifestyle" is predatory and deviant.
Is this the type of written word that Walmart should be selling on its shelves? Send the retailer a message that giving this book the green light was a bad decision, and that they should reconsider their decision to sell a book that flies in the face of science. Ex-gay therapy has been condemned the world over by major scientific and medical associations. It shouldn't thrive on the shelves of Walmart, either.
- Wal-Mart Ethics Office
I recently became aware that Walmart plans to sell a book, Chased By An Elephant: The Gospel Truth About Today's Stampeding Sexuality, in more than 100 of its stores. This deeply troubles me, because the book itself champions a controversial and widely debunked concept known as "ex-gay therapy" -- the belief that homosexuality can be cured and treated, and that gay people can be turned straight.
The author of the book, Janice Barrett Graham, even acknowledges this. "Some of the most stalwart-seeming youth find themselves involved in pornography, fornication, promiscuity, homosexuality, and the like," she says, in describing the book. But to link homosexuality with fornication, pornography, and promiscuity? That's offensive, and I'm surprised Walmart would want to sell this on their store shelves.
More than that, the book includes an introduction by Barrett Graham's son, Andrew, who says that the "gay lifestyle" is predatory and deviant.
Does Walmart really believe that its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender customers and employees are deviant and predatory? If not, why would you want a book on your shelves that says as much?
Please reconsider your decision to sell this book in your stores. It's hurtful and harmful to gay people, and it flies in the face of science and medicine, which has routinely condemned ex-gay therapy.
Thank you for your time.
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