Tennessee Pastors Network: Wal-Mart Caves to Anti-Israel Demands by Pulling Costume

TNPN Part of Two Events Next Week Featuring Former Jihadist Kamal Saleem, as Parents and Concerned Citizens Debate Islamic Indoctrination in White County School Books

Wal-Mart created controversial conversation this week, after offering a child’s Halloween costume for sale that portrayed an Israeli soldier. The product prompted a social outcry, and the retail chain stopped selling the costume.

After pulling the product to satisfy some, the Tennessee Pastors Network (TNPN, www.tnpastors.net) says the move also shows allegiance with those who are against Israel.

“The Tennessee Pastors Network is not encouraging dressing up at Halloween or even celebrating this ‘holiday,’ but we also don’t agree with Wal-Mart removing an item that supports Israel, as that demonstrates anti-Semitism,” said TNPN President Dale Walker. “When those with sensitivities to Israel’s enemies spoke up, Wal-Mart quickly caved to meet their demands. Why is a corporation that claims to uphold Judeo-Christian values following Palestinian supporters’ wants and needs?”

On Nov. 3 and 4, TNPN is helping to promote and is supporting two events featuring former jihadist Kamal Saleem, who is visiting the Sparta, Tenn., area, where over the past few weeks, parents and concerned citizens have been voicing their opinions about Islamic indoctrination in White County schools. Recently, the school board there adopted a textbook that outlines Islam and the Muslim faith in more than 30 pages and merely glosses over Christianity.

The first event on Nov. 3 is a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. at East Sparta Church of God, 540 Brockman Way in Sparta. Saleem will speak again at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Trinity Assembly of God, 205 West Wall Street in Algood, Tenn.

Kamal Saleem is president of Koome Ministries. Born to a large Sunni Muslim family in the Middle East, Saleem was recruited by the Muslim Brotherhood at an early age and completed his first mission to Israel at the age of 7.  In 1985, he was seriously injured in an automobile accident and Christian men aided Saleem at the accident scene and nurtured him back to health. These men demonstrated the unconditional, redemptive love of Christ, and since then, Saleem has become a man on a new mission as an Ambassador for Christ. His presentations now warn listeners about the truth regarding Islam.

The Nov. 3 and 4 events are organized by the White County Citizens Against Islamic Indoctrination. For more information, visit www.stopislamicindoctrination.com.

TNPN is a state chapter of the American Pastors Network (APN, www.americanpastorsnetwork.net), the largest national network dedicated to equipping pastors to be a voice for truth in the public square.

TNPN and APN offer pastors numerous online resources that help clergy choose sermon topics and find information for other church ministries. With some free and some paid resources, topics include abortion, apologetics, creation, the culture war, economics, education, the environment, history, homosexuality, Islam and marriage, along with many others.

The Tennessee Pastors Network encourages pastors to bring together biblical and constitutional principles in their sermons and provides resources to pastors throughout the state. For more information on TNPN, visit its website at www.tnpastors.net, its Facebook page or call (931) 267-0816.

TNPN is a group of biblically faithful clergy and church liaisons whose objective is to build a permanent infrastructure of like-minded clergy who affirm the authority of Scripture, take seriously Jesus’ command to be the “salt and light” to the culture, encourage informed Christian thinking about contemporary social issues, examine public policy issues without politicizing their pulpits and engage their congregations in taking part in the political process on a non-partisan basis.

The American Pastors Network is the largest, national network of pastors who believe in the authority of scripture; who boldly preach the whole counsel of God with a disciplined application of a biblical worldview to public policy; who are building a permanent infrastructure of biblically faithful pastors and lay leaders; and who are mobilizing congregations to participate in the political process on a non-partisan basis. For more information on APN, visit www.americanpastorsnetwork.net, its Facebook page or follow APN’s Twitter feed, @AmericanPastors. Those interested in forming a chapter in their state may contact amy@americanpastors.net.

The American Pastors Network is a Ministry Program Affiliate of Capstone Legacy Foundation (a 501(c)(3) non-profit Christian Public Community Foundation registered nationwide). APN’s daily short radio feature, “Stand in the Gap,” airs on more than 40 stations, and the American Family Radio Network airs the one-hour “Stand in the Gap Weekend” on 140 additional stations nationwide. A live one-hour program launched in 2015, “Stand in the Gap Today,” airs on several Pennsylvania radio stations.


To interview Dale Walker from the Tennessee Pastors Network or a representative of the American Pastors Network, contact Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, ext. 102, or Beth Harrison at 610-584-1096, ext. 104, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com.