Walmart Started a “Watch List” for Christian Employees – Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor:
Walmart has started a “watch list” for Christian employees in an effort to hush their religious views.
Walmart does not have a “watch list” for Christian employees, a company spokesperson told TruthorFiction.com.
Reports of the so-called watch list surfaced after Walmart CEO Doug McMillon spoke out against religious freedom legislation in Arkansas, where Walmart is headquartered.
Opponents of the bill argue that it would allow businesses to discriminate against homosexuals. Its supporters argue that it would help ensure that religious freedoms are upheld.
Doug McMillon said the bill threatened to undermine the “spirit of inclusion present throughout the state of Arkansas, and does not reflect the values we proudly uphold.” He asked Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto it.
Days later, Gov. Hutchinson vetoed the bill and said it “would have a chilling effect on freedom of speech and freedom of the press.”
Then, days after the veto, a blog appeared on the American Family Association’s (AFA) website under the headline, “Walmart Puts Christian Employees on ‘Watch List.’” The article discusses the company’s opposition to the religious freedoms bill and says:
“Now that Walmart has shown its public support for laws that force Christians to violate their faith, every executive, every store manager, every department manager and every team leader is forced into silence. No longer are they free to express their religious faith with its biblical position on marriage and sexuality.”
The blog later appeared on other websites like this one.
We reached out to Walmart for comment and were told by a spokesperson, “There is no merit to the article, and the ‘watch list’ does not exist in any way, shape or form.”