Anti-gun advocates are up in arms over a small town Alabama Ford dealership’s latest promotion that offers qualified buyers a free Bible, 12-gauge shotgun and an American flag with the purchase of a vehicle.
The promotion, which runs until July 31, was publicized in a Facebook video by Chatom Ford, which serves the town of Chatom, which has a population of about 1,288, according to the 2010 United States Census. The video was removed around 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday.
It had been viewed more than 123,000 times as of Wednesday afternoon and featured the dealership’s general sales manager Koby Palmer discussing the promotion.
“I guess it went viral, as the kids say,” Palmer, 29, told USA TODAY. “We live in a small town of 1,200 people. It’s a very small, rural area. They lean on their religious beliefs, their pride in America and they love to hunt.”
Anti-gun groups such as Newtown Action Alliance, a national grassroots group formed after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, urged the public not to support the promotion on Wednesday.
“Don’t buy your cars from Chatom Ford, a dealership in Chatom, Alabama! They are running a ‘God, Guns and Freedom’ promotion that promises a Bible, a 12-gauge shotgun & an American flag to anyone who buys a car between the start of the promotion & July 31,” the group tweeted.
Andrew Whitehead, a Clemson sociologist studying Christian nationalism, religion, family, and disability, called the promotion “Christian nationalism” in a series of tweets on Wednesday.
“An Alabama car dealership will give a Bible, a US flag, & a 12 gauge shotgun to new car buyers from now until July 31st. This is Christian nationalism in action. For Christian nationalists, guns, God, & the flag are all key parts of their identity,” he wrote.
“In fact, Christian nationalism plays a significant role in Americans’ attitudes toward gun control no matter their religious affiliation. This means that Mainline Protestants who embrace CN look MORE like evangelicals who also embrace CN, than they do fellow MPs who reject CN,” he explained.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair