A “small” bomb exploded in a women’s bathroom at a Target store in Illinois.
No one was hurt in the explosion, and a 44-year-old woman described as a person of interest was taken into custody, according to the Chicago Tribune.
While the bomb caused minor damage, no person was injured. The bomb was made with a plastic bottle but did not contain nails, tacks or other projectiles, according to police.
Many have speculated the bomb was related to Target’s transgender-inclusive bathroom policy, a policy that has sent some conservative Christians into an apoplectic rage.
Recently Target upset conservative Christians by announcing that transgender customers would be permitted to use the bathrooms that they are most comfortable using.
However, local police reject any connection between the bombing and the company’s transgender friendly policy. The following is an excerpt from a statement concerning the bombing issued by the city of Evanston:
On Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at approximately 4:08 PM, the Evanston Police and Fire Departments were called to the Target Store in the 2200 block of Howard Street for a minor explosion that occurred in the women’s bathroom. There were no reported injuries and the damage was confined to a stall inside the bathroom. Police and Fire personnel secured the scene and requested assistance from the Cook County Bomb Squad prior to collecting any evidence. A preliminary examination revealed the explosion may have initiated from a plastic bottle that was observed in the stall. There were no threats or other suspicious activity prior to, or since the incident occurred.
In the course of their investigation, detectives took a 44 year old female person of interest into custody. The investigation is still ongoing and no charges have been filed. The detectives are not currently looking for any known additional suspects and as this point there is no indication that the incident is related to any policies that the Target store has in place. This release will be updated when new information is obtained.
Despite the police report there is good reason to suspect a disgruntled Christian is behind the explosion, given the rhetoric coming from leading Christian conservatives.
Late last month Focus on the Family founder James Dobson actually told his audience that transgender people using public restrooms should be shot and killed.
And last April, Anita Staver, president of the conservative Christian law group The Liberty Counsel, issued a thinly veiled death threat to transgender people via Twitter, declaring that she would carry a gun to Target so she could shoot any transgender bathroom users, implicitly encouraging others to do the same.
In fact, fueled by irrational fear and bigotry, over one million Christians have promised to boycott Target because of its transgender-inclusive bathroom policy.
The boycott is being sponsored by the American Family Association, a Christian hate group that promotes propaganda and hate speech against transsexual people while pretending to protect children.