Fueled by irrational fear and bigotry, over one million Christians boycott Target.
More than one million people have signed a petition promising to boycott Target because of its new transgender-inclusive bathroom policy.
The petition, sponsored by the American Family Association, a Christian hate group, promotes propaganda and hate speech against transsexual people while pretending to protect children.
Ostensibly, the petition claims to protect “women and children,” but in reality it is a thinly veiled expression of Christian bigotry and hatred towards the transgender community.
The petition advocates for a boycott against Target after the company released a statement in support of transgender people’s right to use the bathroom. In the statement Target says it encourages transgender people to use whichever restroom or fitting room that matches their gender identity, saying inclusivity is a “core belief at Target.”
Yet what should have been a non-controversial statement of tolerance set off a firestorm of Christian panic, and the petition and boycott campaign against Target is the result of that panic.
In response to the transgender bathroom hysteria aimed at Target, a counter petition at MoveOn.org has been launched. Currently the petition has over a 100,000 signatures and reads:
I pledge to support Target and any other business that stands up for transgender rights and accommodates transgender people in their restroom use.
The boycott and petition against Target is part of a shameful and vile attack on transgender people that promotes a discredited and malicious myth that transgender people using public bathrooms pose some sort of threat. However, the facts show that transgender people using public bathrooms do not pose a threat to others.
Yet despite the facts, the myth continues. Last week a notorious conservative Christian lawyer threatened transgender bathroom users with gun violence. Anita Staver, president of the theocratic law group The Liberty Counsel, issued a thinly veiled death threat to transgender people via Twitter. Staver said she will carry a gun to Target so she can shoot transgender bathroom users.
In response to the hate, good people need to reject the transgender bathroom hysteria sweeping the nation, and stand up for transgender individuals and those who support transgender individuals, like Target.
Bottom line: Target’s brave stand for fair treatment of all citizens should be rewarded, not punished.