Monday, July 4, 2016

So what's on a hate group leader's mind this July 4?

Tim Wildmon
Tim Wildmon of American Family Association not only lacks common decency but the perspective that most people would attribute to common sense. It is this mindset on Independence Day that leads Wildmon to write: “Declare Your Independence From Pro-Perversion Companies Like Target.” This is what is most important this day to Tim Wildmon. Patriotism at its finest.

Target Corporation's sins include having a policy that Wildmon doesn't like. The greater transgression, however, is defying Wildmon and his hate group. Target will not permit AFA to dictate how they will run their business. Imagine that. AFA has a string of failed boycotts. They include Disney (for “gay days” of course), Ford (because it dared to advertise in gay magazines) and Home Depot (for supporting the dreaded Homosexual Agenda).

While Wildmon claims to be concerned over the safety of women and children, the real problem is that Wildmon and his father before him are anti-LGBT bigots. AFA's boycotts fail because of the resolve of its targets not to yield to the demands of a hate group. Regarding Target, “pro-perversion” refers not to the mythological predators that Wildmon warns us about but, rather, to transgender citizens. There is a reason that AFA has been designated a hate group by SPLC.
In April, Target publicized its corporate policy which allows men to frequent female restrooms and changing facilities. We view this policy as a danger to women and children because it provides a possible gateway for sexual predators to gain access to their victims.

Just last week, the Bedford, New Hampshire Police Department arrested a man inside a Target store for recording juvenile girls in a dressing room.
Except that many stores have unisex dressing rooms (indeed, all of the clothing stores on Lincoln Road in South Beach) and people don't pretend to be transgender in order to access the bathroom of the opposite sex. It simply doesn't happen. The incident in Beford could have happened at a large number of retail outlets.
Since Target announced this dangerous policy in late April, over 1.3 million people have signed the boycott Target pledge. This doesn't include the millions of Americans who haven't signed the pledge but feel the same way about Target.

Target is hoping for a large sales weekend. By spending your money with their competitors, you are sending a strong message to Target that their policy is bad for business.
AFA's problem is that (like those in the past) this is a “soft” boycott. There isn't anything for people to become really passionate about. Most people are saner than Tim Wildmon. They may sign a pledge but if Target has the best price on something or merchandise that isn't available elsewhere then they are likely to shop there. Target know this—Wildmon does not.

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