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Target Accommodates Muslims, but Not Christians

Friday, May 27, 2016 @ 7:26 AM
Target Accommodates Muslims, but Not Christians Target's recent history shows who it favors in the ongoing culture war and battle for values.
Target wants to put forth that they want everyone to feel welcome, yet are actively are working toward tearing down conservative, Christian values. - Dr. David Smith

With all the recent publicity surrounding Target and its controversial restroom/fitting room policy, it would be interesting to delve into what drives a company that is obviously willing to lose millions, if not billions, of dollars of revenue rather than rescind their outlandish declaration that men who self-identify as women are welcome to use facilities with with girls and women. With a boycott that has garnered over one and a quarter million signees now, Target is not going to benefit from their new policy. Certainly if there is that level of commitment to a cause, one would expect some consistency in their policies. Even if one disagrees with a position taken by another, if there is sincerity present, there is still some degree of admiration for being committed to something, although it is certainly possible to be sincerely wrong.

Target recently issued an April 19, 2016, statement to reaffirm its policies: "we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity." According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Molly Snyder, a Target spokeswoman, said it is not a new policy, but the retailer wanted to clarify its position given questions it has received from both customers and employees amid the national debate. Executives sent an e-mail to store leaders earlier this week to convey the message. 'It’s a restatement of a policy,' she said. 'It’s just us being very overt in stating it.'" They are very committed to what they consider "equality" and "inclusivity": "Inclusivity is a core belief at Target. It’s something we celebrate. We stand for equality and equity, and strive to make our guests and team members feel accepted, respected and welcomed in our stores and workplaces every day."

Target wants to insure that no employee or customer feels offended or out of place in their stores. At least that is how they are trying to justify their position. Really?  Back in 2007, Target took a position of accommodation when it came to Muslims who work in their stores and did not want to handle pork. According to the NBC News article, "The Star Tribune reported this past week that some Muslim cashiers at local Targets had declined to scan pork products such as bacon because doing so would conflict with their religious beliefs. They would ask other cashiers to ring up such purchases, or sometimes customers would scan those items themselves, the newspaper reported. Minneapolis-based Target Corp. has now offered its local Muslim cashiers who object to handling pork the option of wearing gloves while cashiering, shifting to other positions or transferring to other nearby stores. 'We are confident that this is a reasonable solution for our guests and team members,' Target spokeswoman Paula Thornton-Greear said in a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press on Saturday.”

However, that same equality and inclusivity does not seem to apply to Christians whose religion teaches that God created only two genders (male and female) and who do not wish to be seen in various states of undress by members of the opposite gender. Apparently, the retail giant will bend over backwards to accommodate Muslims but could care less about the feelings or religious sensibilities of its Christian employees and customers.  According to an August 2014 article from One News Now, "Target is filing legal briefs in court cases intended to win marriage rights for homosexuals and lesbians." Target wants to put forth that they want everyone to feel welcome, yet are actively working toward tearing down conservative, Christian values. If Target cares so much, then why not just have a third bathroom for those who want to claim a different gender?  Does Target only care about objections raised by those of faiths other than Christianity?

Dr. David Smith David Smith, M.D. practices as a Family Doctor in Summit, Mississippi and is on staff at Beacham Memorial Hospital. More Articles SHOW COMMENTS
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