- The Washington Times - Monday, June 29, 2015

Wal-Mart is apologizing after a store in Louisiana rejected a customer’s request for a cake decorated with a Confederate battle flag, but gladly baked him a cake with a Islamic State flag on it.

Chuck Netzhammer told ABC News that his order last week for a Confederate flag cake with the words, “Heritage Not Hate,” was rebuffed at the bakery department of a Wal-Mart in Slidell, Louisiana. He said the store didn’t apply the same rule to imagery for Islamic State, the terrorist army also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL.

“I went back yesterday and managed to get an ISIS battle flag printed. ISIS happens to be somebody who we’re fighting against right now who are killing our men and boys overseas and are beheading Christians,” Mr. Netzhammer said.

Wal-Mart apologized and blamed it on a misunderstanding.

“An associate in a local store did not know what the design meant and made a mistake. The cake should not have been made and we apologize,” said a Wal-Mart spokesman.

Wal-Mart and several other major retailers announced last week that they would ban the sale of the Confederate battle flag and merchandise that contain it in response to the deadly shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Dylann Roof, a young white man with ties to white supremacists and who posed in photos with the Confederate flag, was charged with the murder of nine people in the attack at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Several governors, including South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, also moved to remove the Confederate flag and other Confederate symbols from state property.

But the backlash against the flag has stirred mixed emotions.

In a YouTube video he posted about his ordeal, Mr. Netzhammer wrote: “That’s an ISIS battleflag cake that anybody can go buy at Walmart. But you can’t buy a Confederate flag toy, with like, say, a ‘Dukes of Hazzards’ car.”

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