Thursday, May 12, 2016

It's official - Target boycott fails

The purpose of a boycott is to alter the behavior of the target (in this case Target). the Christian extremists at American Family Association now admit that they have failed to do so but they are pressing on. AFA will continue to assert that LGBT people pose a threat to children which is just one of the reasons that AFA is a certified anti-gay hate group.

In an email to supporters from Tim Wildmon, president of AFA:
Target's dangerous dressing and bathroom policy poses a threat to women and children. Over 1 million people agree with us and have signed the pledge to boycott Target stores until protecting women and children is a priority.

Yesterday afternoon, with your boycott pledge in hand, I personally delivered it to Target headquarters in Minneapolis, MN. I met face-to-face with Target executives and spoke to them on your behalf, urging them to end this boycott by protecting women and children in their stores.

I offered a common-sense approach and a reasonable solution to the issue of transgendered customers: a unisex bathroom. Target should keep separate facilities for men and women, but for the trans community and for those who simply like using the bathroom alone, a single occupancy unisex option should be provided.

Target representatives were gracious and respectful, but sadly, they rejected our offer. They repeated what Target CEO and Chairman Brian Cornell said yesterday during an interview on CNBC, “We're going to continue to embrace our belief in diversity and inclusion…,” code-words for sticking with its dangerous policy of allowing men use women's dressing and bathrooms.

For that reason, I will work even harder to promote the boycott going forward...and I need your help to reach TWO MILLION boycott signatures.
I do not think that Target is interested in how many signatures can be gathered by a right wing organization. Target is responsible to its shareholders and the company has not altered earnings guidance. They are far more interested in testing their urban format and integrating Chobani Caf├ęs into their stores. The company is looking forward while AFA looks back — about 2,000 years. AFA looks increasingly irrelevant.

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