Sunday, August 03, 2008

There's something decidedly unchristian about this

And at the same time, it's so midwest American...

Christian Dollar Store open for business in New Concord

NEW CONCORD - Offering quality Christian items at affordable prices is a blessing for owners of a new, local business venture.

"We are proud of what we do. We are selling something that brings a smile to someone's face," said Christina Swartz of Norwich, co-owner and operator of the Christian Dollar Store, located at 17 E. Main St. in New Concord.

The store opened for business on June 15, offering items with Christian themes to fit any budget. Swartz's mother, Thelma Ross of Zanesville, is co-owner.

"I know it's hard for people to find Christian merchandise and that's what we specialize in," she said.

Three things.

First, dollar stores survive by exploiting horrifying working conditions in other countries, and by relying on affordable transportation to get goods from the third world to the first. It's slavery, but it's okay, because we don't actually have to look at it. It's unsustainable, but who give a shit, so long as we keep getting our oil for cheap (we're not, but that's okay)

Second, I would hope that christians would find this distateful: the deliberate cheapening of their faith, the drive to undercut other christian businesses, and the business of selling faith. I wouldn't know, but I'd think that this was exploiting the faith of others.

And third, there is no fucking way that it is hard to find christian merchandise in Ohio.

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