Forced to close because of anti Obama bumper stickers. Heres an article and there web site. http://www.freemarketwarrior.com
NOW WE ARE THE STORY
It hasn't been so long since every checkout aisle in the country was festooned with everything from coloring books to jig saw puzzles celebrating a man who was the greatest president in history, before he started. (He would have secured his place for eternity if only he hadn't been inaugurated!)
We wanted to offer an alternative so parents could show their children that there was still diversity in America. That our slide into North Korean leader worship could be checked.
Now, we had suspected that the simultaneous descent of all media into Obama worship was not an accident. Like the hype before a major Hollywood release, nothing was going to be left to chance. It is also axiomatic that the right likes to debate while the left likes to silence debate. But our little kiosk seemed small enough to fit under the radar.
But maybe not. I see our bumper stickers almost every time I drive around Charlotte now, and the classically totalitarian objective of both the Administration and the left wing media is to create the illusion that everybody agrees and there are no alternative ideas. Free Market Warrior became the weed poking through the cracked pavement of the American left.
And so along comes Simon Property Group Inc, owner of more shopping malls than they can count and proud seven figure donors to every democrat you've ever heard of. All it took was one complaint, typically intolerant (we shouldn't be allowed), cliché (we support "racism"), and bizarre (we support "slavery"?!?). And the wheels of leftist censorship, comfortably ensconced in the halls of capitalism, began to turn and we were out.
A left wing acquaintance of mine (yes, I have them) responding to my argument that obamaism could not survive actual implementation in the real political world told me: "if they attack him, we'll just shout racism'". Indeed.
I urge everyone to read the following summary of what happened. The story itself is an instant classic!
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SIMON MALLS SHUTS DOWN CONSERVATIVE VOICES, AGAIN!
•Concord Mills is the largest shopping Mall in the Carolinas. It receives about 26 million visitors each year.
•The real issue seems to be the commitment of Simon Properties Group Inc. and its chairman Mel Simon, to left wing causes. They are major donors to numerous Democrats and liberal causes. They also achieved notoriety a few weeks ago for kicking the Atlanta Tea Party off land they controlled. This is clearly another case of silencing conservative and pro-freedom voices.
•"I eat P***y like a fat kid eats cake"
There are also materials advocating illegal drugs etc. We have attached some photos of these products.
A PARTIAL LIST OF MEL AND BREN SIMON'S POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS INCLUDES:
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
People who wish to support FREE MARKET WARRIOR can visit their website at www.FREEMARKETWARRIOR.COM .
People who wish to help publicize this blatant discrimination are urged to write letters to newspaper editors and call in to talk radio programs. In particular, the local Newspaper can be reached at:
CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.COM. Under "contact" will be found a form to submit a letter to the editor.
The local talk radio is: WBT call in: 704-570-1110. Major WBT radio personalities:
Free Market Warrior has been operating its kiosk at Concord Mills Mall for 2 months. (It is right outside the Bass Pro Shop.) Their original proposal to the mall stated that the purpose of the store was to help people "express political ideas and opinions". They always had positive relations with the mall until someone wrote a letter to the Charlotte Observer accusing them of advocating "racism", "sexism" and "slavery" (!). While this is all nonsense and initially the Mall management agreed that there was nothing wrong they soon changed their tune. The mall stated that they had received many other complaints by email and asked FMW to remove "offensive" slogans which, according to them, included "impeach Obama" and "Thanks mom and dad for choosing life" (really, FMW was told this was offensive!). FMW asked for a written list of offensive material and a policy of what was "offensive" and what not. They never furnished this written policy and instead called 2 weeks later with the intention of not renewing the lease and a new spin. This time the problem was that FMW wasn't "balanced" enough (even though they carry, for instance, both Democrat and Republican merchandise specifically for the sake of being balanced. FMW owner, Loren Spivack says "we want to get the conservative message out, while every other store has only the liberal message. So, if the price for allowing the conservative message to be seen is to redundantly carry the liberal message, we're willing to do that.) And, moreover, the Mall wanted them to leave by the end of July when the lease runs out. FMW offered to meet with mall management to discuss how an acceptable balance could be reached. Mall management initially accepted this offer and promised to set up a meeting. They never did. Instead they contacted FMW two weeks later with their third version of their position. This time they stated that mall policy specifically prohibited any material that expressed any opinion. This would mean that essentially all FMW merchandise would have to go. (Recall that the original stated purpose of the store, accepted by the mall, was to express opinions.) FMW was advised that the matter was closed and the lease would absolutely not be renewed with any of the current merchandise. Once again, FMW asked to see the "neutrality" policy behind this decision. Repeated requests have produced neither the policy, nor an answer as to whether such policy is potentially available for viewing, or even if it actually exists. They did, after six weeks, finally furnish the emailed complaints they had referenced earlier. There were two. One of which was written be the same lady who sent the original letter to the Observer.
As far as the Mall's three versions of what makes merchandise unacceptable, a quick tour of the mall reveals dozens of stores that sell unbalanced, highly opinionated, and highly offensive material that the mall apparently does not mind. These include pro-Obama sentiments expressed on t-shirts and magnates etc. (but no anti-Obama material). Material that promotes the use of marijuana, highly sexualized images, and a wide variety of material that seems far more "offensive" than "thanks for choosing life" bib.
It seems clear that the real issue is that the owners of Simon properties give millions to left-wing politicians and causes including Barack Obama, both Clintons and Al Franken. This explains why FMW is the only store that they find offensive; and why being "balanced" doesn't help. (They don't want balanced; they want only pro-Obama statements.) Finally, it explains why the local mall management never had a problem with FMW until publicity caught the attention of national management.
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”-Albert Einstein
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