Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Three years of an ineffective boycott and AFA is still at it

“AFA is fighting for the ‘right’ to be crazy.”
Tim Wildmon
Hate Group Leader Tim Wildmon - American Family Association
via YouTube
Tuesday I received an email from American Family Association, an anti-LGBT hate group. The email is titled: Target makes it a matter of public record. “It” is Target Corp.'s (NYSE:TGT) proactive support of the Equality Act.

The purpose of a boycott is to alter the behavior of the target. The effectiveness of a boycott is measured by only one thing: Whether or not it has succeeded in doing just that. Has the target met the demands of the boycotters? American Family Association has been organizing a boycott of Target stores for over three years now. Their boycott has failed.

This silliness started in April of 2016 when Target clarified its policy that customers and staff can — and should — use restrooms consistent with their gender presentation. It is the same policy that virtually every major retailer has adopted. It is also just common sense.

It should be clear to most rational people that Target is not going to change their policy. So either Tim Wildmon, president of AFA, is delusional or irrational or is cynically using a non-existent issue to raise money or a combination of the aforementioned.

In today's email, Tim Wildmon uses some of the same arguments that have failed to be very convincing:
Over 1.5 million families have pledged to stop shopping at Target since it announced it would allow men to enter women’s dressing rooms and bathrooms, putting women and children in danger of sexual assault.
I cannot find a case where a transgender woman ever assaulted anyone in a bathroom.
AFA has made it clear since the boycott began that our worries do not stem from fear of the transgender community, but rather from the very real threat that predators and voyeurs, or anyone with evil intentions, would take advantage of the Target bathroom policy to harm women and children. And they have.
No they have not. Like all retailers, Target has had a few peeping Toms. In almost all cases the same people have perpetrated their voyeurism at other stores. There is no evidence that any of these people took advantage of Target's accommodation policies. There is no evidence of harm to women and children other than the voyeurism. I am not excusing that behavior. I am just pointing out that Mr. Wildmon is being hyperbolic. In simpler terms, the sanctimonious Christian is full of crap.
Now Target has gone on public record stating they fully and wholeheartedly support the passage of the Equality Act now before Congress, meaning it supports government-sanctioned discrimination against churches and Christian business owners.
Did I mention that Tim Wildmon is a pants-on-fire liar? He is asserting that nondiscrimination is discriminatory. It makes no sense at all. This is zero-summism. The notion that protecting LGBT people from discrimination means that Christians lose something. Apparently, a “right” to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity is important to Mr. Wildmon. Wildmon's organization is based in Mississippi where they know a thing or two about discrimination. They made similar arguments over 50 years ago.
The so-called "Equality Act" is nothing more than a repackaged version of the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA). This legislation has been driven for years by rabid homosexual activist groups like Human Rights Campaign and is specifically designed to place sexual liberty above religious liberty and the First Amendment.
Apparently seeking nondiscrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations makes us all “rabid homosexual activists.” Christian supremacy and Christian privilege are examples of rabid activism. The idea that protecting sexual minorities from discrimination has anything to do with “sexual liberty” is preposterous. This tirade is promoted by Mississippi rubes and directed at rubes. Furthermore, the First Amendment protects Free Exercise of religion. That does not include a freedom to discriminate.

The Supreme Court has been unambiguous for decades. In March of this year the Court declined to hear the case of a Hawaii bed-and-breakfast seeking to discriminate against gay couples in defiance of state law. If Mr. Wildmon claims that the B&B has been the victim of discrimination for not being permitted to discriminate then we are in the world of upisdownism.
The bigotry comes shining through:
For example, under the Equality Act, a Christian business owner or even a church that refuses to hire a homosexual or transgender individual would immediately be exposed to potential lawsuits by LGBT activists. Another example would be a baker or florist who refuses to cater a homosexual "wedding." This business owner would face crippling fines for refusing to forfeit his or her religious beliefs. In short, this dangerous legislation punishes the belief that sexual activity should be limited to one man and one woman within the confines of marriage.
Our society does not have to cater to every extreme religious belief held by the lunatic fringe. No one is being forced to change “the[ir] belief that sexual activity should be limited to one man and one woman within the confines of marriage.” They are free to believe anything that they want. Belief is not subject to punishment. The equivalent would be the Kosher baker who refuses to sell a loaf of seeded rye bread because he knows that the purchaser intends to eventually use the bread to contain a ham sandwich. It is craziness and AFA is fighting for the “right” to be crazy.
Eventually Tim Wildmon gets to what I think is the point of this futile endeavor:
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