Monday, October 16, 2017

Hate group leader remounts his Target hobby horse

Tim Wildmon
Hate Group Leader Tim Wildmon
American Family Association, Tupelo, MS
By all accounts, American Family Association's boycott of Target Corp (NYSE:TGT) has been an abysmal failure. Target's earnings have been above expectations and the retailer keeps raising guidance. Target shares are trading at their highest levels since last February.

Target's financial realities don't affect hate group leader Tim Wildmon and for good reason. American Family Association has an incurious and unsophisticated constituency. Wildmon is sufficiently cynical to know that his potential donors are going to believe that Target is begging AFA for mercy. They believe it because they want to believe it. Evidence has very little relevance in that world.

Monday's email is similar to many other emails. It castigates Target for its gender accommodations while Wildmon provides a link, supposedly to important information, but most importantly with to a donation form. Gimme, gimme, gimme.

Another thing that donors might not realize is that they are supporting pretty much the entire Wildmon family who are on the payroll. Even Don Wildmon, Tim Wildmon's father, is still pulling down over $130,000 a year for doing absolutely nothing. That is in addition to any retirement benefits he might have.

Wildmon's email contains the usual misinformation:
For a year and a half, AFA has been encouraging shoppers to #BoycottTarget after the retailer publicized it would allow men free and unrestricted access into women's fitting rooms and restrooms. In response, more than 1.5 million shoppers have signed the pledge to boycott Target stores.
That is not the same thing as allowing people to use facilities consistent with their gender. The holier-than-thou set have no problem telling pants-on-fire lies.

Eventually:
We hope you will not be shopping at Target!

As we have stated many times, our worries stem from both the real and potential threat that predators and voyeurs, or anyone with evil intentions, would take advantage of the Target bathroom policy to harm women and children - and we have plenty of incidents to show that they have.

AFA has outlined just 10 examples that show why Target should immediately rescind its dangerous policy
What Wildmon is claiming is that people will pretend to be transgender to gain access to the facilities of the opposite sex. That actually happened once, in Canada about five years ago (some cretin with a criminal record for raping a five-year-old girl pretended to be trans to enter women's shelters in Toronto). I can find no other example. Target has had the policy in place for many years. It is required by law where Target is headquartered (Minneapolis), I would wager that no one has ever pretended to be transgender to use a facility at Target.

Those “just 10 examples” are linked to the donation page and none of the ten make their case. Only two even involve Target and they pertain to voyeurs who hit other stores in their area.

Wildmon will continue to do this for as long as it brings in the sheaves. Target will continue to ignore Wildmon whom they probably (and correctly) assume is a redneck rube from Mississippi. Even bullshit has limits on how far it spreads and how long it is good for.

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