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  Sears Holdings Corporation
    3333 Beverly Road B3 #168B
    Hoffman Estate, IL 60179

SYMBOL: SHLD
PHONE: 847.286.5703
WEBSITE: http://www.sears.com - http://www.searsholdings.com/

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Apparently a leopard CANNOT change the spots ...

November 2013 UPDATE:  We were excited to announce Sears had dropped a pornographic DVD, but now they are at it again with a poster, an LBGT DVD and the sponsoring of more immoral programming.  And these are the tip of the iceberg.  You can find a lot more in our POLLUTANTS section.  Since they continue to move in the wrong direction they have earned a second appearance on our polluters calendar.  (see details here).  

As always, Cultural Polluters encourages Sears and other corporations to remain neutral on the social issues and immoral behaviors.  With this current policy, it is inevitable that people of traditional Judeo-Christian values will avoid their services and products.  It is not good business and it is not good for our country!

Please carefully consider what you might be supporting when you shop at Sears or invest in their stock.

If you would like to find “clean” alternatives to Procter & Gamble or for more information, please call 1-877-634-2279, visit www.screenit-cleanit.com or email info@screenit-cleanit.com.

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As a result of Sears getting involved in the hard-core porn distribution business, we selected them as our “Cultural Polluter” of the month. We are pleased to report, however, that Sears has now admitted their error and pulled the offer to sell pornographic DVD’s from their web site.

This is another encouraging example of the impact an energized ‘great silent majority’ can have upon curbing bad behavior.

We encourage you to contact Sears and commend them for their responsible action. We also encourage you to contact American Family Association and commend them for their aggressive and effective involvement in this situation.

We have included below samples of the correspondence between American Family Association and Sears for your review.

From Tim Wildmon - AFA President:

Sears admits their mistake.  After realizing they were wrong, they issued this statement to AFA:

"We sincerely apologize to any customers who were offended. Our agreements with our vendors prohibit content that is pornographic or sexually explicit in nature. We are removing these items that do not meet our guidelines. We regularly review our processes to ensure compliance by our vendors, and we encourage our customers and community to help us flag any items that they believe might violate our guidelines."

Thanks to everyone for contacting Sears.  Together we can, and do, make a difference.

 

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The following was taken from a letter by Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Assocaition, and is reprinted here with permission.  You are encouraged to take a moment to execute at least one of the action items detailed below.

"Hot & Exotic" is just one small sample of Sears' explicit DVD offerings

Under the new leadership of Chairman Edward Lampert, Sears is now offering hard-core pornographic DVDs and music. Not just a few x-rated products, but scores of them!

http://action.afa.net/uploadedImages/Activism/AFA_Action_Alerts/Action_Alert_Related_Items/SearsInvoice.jpgAFA ordered one of the DVDs to see if it really came from Sears. It did! It was mailed to us in a Sears envelope, with a Sears shipping label, from a Sears distribution center. See it here.

Not only does Sears' website allow children to view its pornographic offerings online, it will sell them to children. During our online check-out process, we were never asked to verify our age.

I hope you will take my word for it, but if you must see the proof, AFA has set up a Sears Project page with more information, including a short video showing AFA navigating Sears' website quickly and easily to access hundreds of explicit products. Warning: the material is extremely graphic and offensive, although it has been edited by us.

Technology allows Sears to remove and stop selling these products within minutes, if they want too. AFA has tried more than a half-dozen times to reach out to Sears quietly and professionally. Basically, their single response was, "We're going to keep on selling them!"

Take Action

Unless Sears hears from you, they will continue to sell hardcore pornography. If you can only do one thing, please:

Please make a personal phone call to Sears, so your concerns are clearly understood. Call Sears' corporate headquarters directly and ask to leave a message with Chairman Edward Lampert's office. The number is 847-286-2500.

Additional steps you can take to make your voice heard:

1. Send an email in your own words using Sears' website feedback form.
2. Make a call to the Sears' Public Relations Department at 847-286-8371, option 1.
3. Call your local store manager and politely ask him to pass your concern along to his district manager. You can find your local store phone number here, or in your local yellow pages.

It is very important that you forward this alert to your friends and family members.

Sincerely,

Tim

Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association


 

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