Cell phone picture taken by Steve Sanchez of a worker at Walmart he was embarrassing.
Steve Sanchez is a fundamentalist Christian who thinks he has the right to witness, evangelize, proselytize, and preach to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Even worse, Sanchez thinks he has the right to photograph those he is harassing. In a May 2014 post titled Witnessing to the Walmart Witch, Sanchez writes:
Courtney, the Walmart customer service lady, (looking down), kept answering “Summerland” when I asked if she’d go to Heaven or Hell when she died.
Heaven or Hell?”
The only two choices I’m giving you are Heaven or Hell.”
“Summerland. I’m a Wiccan,” she declared.
Since she wouldn’t answer I had to go to Plan B: I preached a one minute Gospel to her so she’d understand there is no Summerland, only Hell, because of her idolatry.
What did she do? Thanked me over and over again to get me to go away. “Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Thank you very much.”
Yet I didn’t go away until she heard fully the full Gospel, thank you very much.
A co-worker walked behind her and gave me a Thumb’s Up.
Another co-worker, a Muslim, in full head covering, began her shift. I resisted giving her the Good News because too many people were lining up at the counter.
I know my limits.
The next day I received this comment on Facebook from an atheist: “I don’t understand why you bible thumpers just cant leave us the f*@k alone, funny how we, who choose alternative ideas, don’t push our thoughts/ideas on to you bible thumpers but you think its ok to bombard us with your thoughts and ideas.”
Here was my response: “I would have to be the most hateful person in the world to NOT share the Gospel with Courtney, or you for that matter. If I didn’t share, I would be overlooking the fact of your horrible future reality. So no. As a Bible Thumper, I love you too much not to speak.”
You see, the Steve Sanchez’s of the world think that they are demonstrating love when they badger and harass people who have no interest in what they are selling. They are a special class of people who are not bound by the same social conventions as the rest of us. Treating others with decency and respect doesn’t apply to Steve Sanchez. He is willing to be an asshole for Jesus because his right to evangelize and preach supersedes any person’s right to personal space, even at work.
Courtney, the Walmart customer service worker should have called for the store manager and asked him to stop Sanchez’s gospel bullying. Walmart is a private business and Sanchez has no constitutional right to to witness, evangelize, proselytize, or preach to Walmart employees or customers. He is free to peddle his delusion on the public sidewalk in front of the Walmart, but once he walks or drives on Walmart property, he no longer has the right to say whatever he wants.
If Walmart does not have a policy in place to deal with people like Steve Sanchez then they need to implement one immediately. If they fail to do so, they run the risk of being sued by harassed workers like Courtney. Walmart has a legal obligation to provide their workers with a workplace free from egregious religious harassment.
If you would like to send Walmart and email about this, please go here. If you send Walmart an email, please mention this blog post. Also, you will need to choose a Walmart store. Search for stores in Dripping Springs, Texas and choose the first store. (it is in Austin)
Let me conclude this post with several graphics Sanchez posted as justification for his harassment of Courtney:
Steve Sanchez is starting a new church in Dripping Springs, Texas called Hope Chapel Hill Country. I wonder how Sanchez would like it if atheists showed up at his church and disrupted him while he was working. I suspect he would quickly call on the police to remove the atheists, arguing that they were keeping him from preaching and worshiping God.