Target Boycott Pledge Closing In On Half A Million Signatures

Sunday, the Charlotte Observer reported in the afternoon

On Tuesday, Target announced that transgender people would be able to use the bathroom and fitting room that aligns with their gender identity in Target stores. By Sunday, more than 400,000 pledges to boycott the big-box retailer had been collected.

The American Family Association is calling for the boycott, echoing arguments used to support controversial North Carolina legislation requiring transgender people to use the bathroom that matches their sex at birth.

“Target’s policy is exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims,” AFA President Tim Wildmon said Thursday in a statement on the group’s website. “And with Target publicly boasting that men can enter women’s bathrooms, where do you think predators are going to go? Clearly, Target’s new policy poses a danger to wives and daughters.”

Wildmon went on to suggest Target provide unisex bathrooms, “for the trans community, and for those who simply like using the bathroom alone.”

As of 8:15am, the pledge count stood at 486,557. And no, it does not include mine. I generally do not do boycotts. Besides, I’ve mostly had an unintentional boycott for years. Target rarely has anything I want, and it’s easier and closer to go to Walmart. I might hit up the one near Triangle Town Center here in Raleigh now and then for the ready made foods (good salads and sandwiches, but they rarely have the chicken salad bundle with crackers and grapes ready to go. Sigh). I’m just not real big on organized boycotts.

The interesting thing here is that Target is choosing the policy on their own. Such is their choice. Government is not forcing it on them.

The even more interesting thing is that this is simply a stated policy per press release, but will not be highlighted in stores. Are they afraid of driving away business from those who aren’t hip to the news? Might a parent with young girls decide that Target is not the best place to shop? Again, this isn’t really about transgenders so much as men taking advantage of the policies. A company with a stated policy is not going to question a man going into the women’s room for fear of that person going to an LBGT interest group, the media, the ACLU, etc, and creating a big stink which will lead to verbal assaults, boycotts, protests, and, in some areas, government action.

In the comments at the article, someone makes a good point

Target could build a 3rd family bathroom that would do the same thing except for two parts – 1) it would cost a lot of money (the reason that businesses would prefer to just allow an intermingling of the gender and confused) and 2) transgenders don’t want a separate bathroom (which seems silly to me).

The second part is the most important. The TG community and their supporters/enablers refuse to compromise. They demand that Everyone Else accommodate them.

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13 Responses to “Target Boycott Pledge Closing In On Half A Million Signatures”

  1. John says:

    Thst law has turned into a giant embarrassment for NC. This is what happens when the extreme right passes such a bill
    dobyoubthink that bill will help the GOP or hurt ?
    The last poll I say had your Gov now as the underdog by 4 points
    One of the Koch bros is now comparing the GOP’s leading candidate to a Nazi
    Still call yourself a proud right wing extremist?

  2. JGlanton says:

    Dreher has a good article on this topic. He gives examples of transgenders bullying organizations.

    He gives us the Law Of Merited Impossibility:

    The Law Of Merited Impossibility is an epistemological construct governing the paradoxical way overclass opinion makers frame the discourse about the clash between religious liberty and LGBT civil rights. It is best summed up by the phrase, “It’s a complete absurdity to believe that traditional Christians and other conservatives will suffer a single thing from the expansion of LGBT rights, and boy, do they deserve what they’re going to get.”

    He quotes Dale Kuehne, who teaches and writes about gender and sexual identity:

    [This is] also a frontal challenge to the natural order, and beyond that, it’s a metaphysical challenge. Is reality nothing more than what we choose to call it? Does the Self have the power to re-order reality to suit its desires — and, in our deracinated culture, does it have the power to compel others to live by its illusions at the risk of being denounced as bigots, or even sued?

    He quotes Camille Paglia –

    It never was about the privacy of one’s bedroom. It was always about coercing everyone to affirm their behavior, in public. However, the goal posts have now shifted enough that the LGBT activists and their supporters no longer really deny it, as even many commenters on this forum would have as recently as 18 months ago.

  3. John says:

    In my lifetime I can not ever recall using a restroom at a Target
    This for me personally is pretty much a non issue but I do enjoy seeing the GOP base go into a hissy fit over something like this
    Prior to the passage of this law Teach had this been recognized as a problem society had to deal with ??

  4. JGlanton says:

    It’s fascinating that each side of the debate views the other side of extreme views, forcing the issue, and “throwing hissy fits”.

    No, it wasn’t an issue that society had to deal with. It was handled on a personal level, the way most personal things should be. But when NC liberal municipalities started the process of passing trans laws in response to LBGT pressure, resulting in a state of many different confusing laws within itself, the state reacted to limit the powers of government to do so.

    Your chicken, my egg…

  5. JGlanton says:

    Chicken or Egg?

    A top Obama appointee in the Department of Education personally assured a group of LGBT activists that the White House is “aggressively engaged” in the fight to allow transgender students use whichever bathroom they please at school.

    DOE Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon delivered the good news at an LGBT summit hosted by the White House in Michigan last Thursday, where she gave the keynote address.

  6. david7134 says:

    Isn’t it fascinating that the White House makes using the restroom a priority with a 20 trillion debt, war in several theaters, our country continuing to deteriorate, the continued economic depression, Hillary still not in jail, and all the other major issues of the world.

  7. david7134 says:

    They are talking about normal people, not those that use the restroom in the parking lot.

  8. John says:

    Teach there are about 1/2 million reported rapes each year in the USA
    Please tell me how this law is going to effect that number
    Also who is going to be assigned the gripping job to make sure everybody is going into the correct room?
    Is this something you would agree to do? You know yo protect the kids?

    • John says:

      If/when this worst case scenario did happen would you vote for a candidate like Cruz that said abortion would not be considered?

  9. Dana says:

    John wrote:

    Teach there are about 1/2 million reported rapes each year in the USA
    Please tell me how this law is going to effect that number

    And what is the ‘required’ number of rapes prevented for this law to be justified in your opinion? A thousand, ten thousand, half a million? How many women and little girls ought we to sacrifice to make obeisance to a mentally ill minority?

    For some of us, preventing even one rape is progress.

  10. gitarcarver says:

    Cruz is against abortion and preventing the murder of innocent children.

    You are for the deaths of innocent children.

    john, are you really saying the value of a child’s life depends on the circumstances surrounding their conception? Or are all children just disposable to you?

    Finally, would you agree to banning abortion in case not involving incest and rape? Those cases are less than 3% of all abortions (and that is the highest range I have ever seen. Most studies have the figure at less than 1% all abortions.)

    If you are only concerned with the cases of rape and abortions, fine. I will agree to say that in those cases the child can be aborted to save your liberal blood lust from killing the other children.

    The fact of the matter is that people like you use rape and incest as a crutch to kill innocent children. You don’t care about the rape or incest victims. You want to use them as a pawn in a sick game of killing.

  11. Blick says:

    Target has made bathroom safety an issue and they must provide the protection that shoppers deserve. When you’re in Target and need to use the restroom, ask a Target employee to check out the restroom and wait for you to finish. Better yet, Target management should post two bathroom guards to ensure shoppers safety in both Men’s and Women’s restrooms. Little boys are at risk as well as little girls; to prevent robbery, rape, molestation, voyeurism, photo taking. Target it is up to you to bear the cost of your policies.

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