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WASHINGTON -- Following the release of a letter signed by 133 evangelical leaders challenging c.e.o. Lee Scott to make Wal-Mart "a Golden Rule company, one that is mindful in reflecting the best of Christian values," union-supported advocacy group WakeUpWalMart.com has released another letter signed by 68 religious leaders calling on the chain to "do what is morally right."
The 68 religious leaders in the latest letter represent over 1.28 million people of faith in over 5,700 congregations, according to WakeUpWalMart.com, a group formed to pressure Wal-Mart to change some of its policies.
"We hope Wal-Mart will listen to the growing call among leaders of faith to do what is morally right this holiday season and change into a moral and righteous employer that puts faith and family first," said Chris Kofinis, communications director for WakeUpWalMart.com, in a statement.
Among the issues the group has challenged Wal-Mart on are child labor laws, gender discrimination, and employee health coverage.
WakeUpWalMart.com said the letter is the next phase of its "America, Pray for Wal-Mart to Change" faith-based initiative, which also includes a new nationwide media campaign with a faith-based TV ad, entitled "Search Your Heart."