Target Accommodates Muslims, But Not Christians

Target Accommodates Muslims, But Not Christians

With all of the publicity given to Target lately for their support of men being allowed to go into women’s restrooms and vice versa, and their support for the latest assault upon conservative, Christian values, it would be interesting to delve into what drives a company that is obviously committed to losing millions, if not billions, of dollars of revenue to support their adopted agenda. With a boycott that has gained over 1.2 million adherents now, Target is not going to benefit from their new policy for sure. 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 being sincere is not everything because it is very easy to be sincerely wrong.

Target recently issued an April 19, 2016, statement1 to reaffirm their 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 Tribune2, “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.”3

Target is putting forth statements to appear to be so gracious to anyone, no matter what they believe or do; customers of all types should just come in their stores because they just don’t want anyone to feel offended or out of place in their stores. That is how they are trying to publicize their position. Just back in 2007, Target took a position of accommodation when it came to Muslims who work in their stores and do not want to handle pork.4 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. … Suhara Robla, who works at the SuperTarget in St. Louis Park, told the Star Tribune that more than a dozen Muslim cashiers were asked Thursday to do other jobs.

‘They told all of us who don’t touch pork to go to the sales floor,’ she told the newspaper. ‘They really didn’t say why. They just said it was a new policy.’”

However, that same equality and inclusivity does not seem to apply to anyone who just wants to be able to go to the bathroom or fitting room and not have a male voyeur next to them filming them or worse567. Target is causing much worse inequality and loss of inclusivity with their policies which do nothing more than promote immorality while attempting to shove it down the throats of conservative Christians who they do not mind shutting out of their stores. Target can figure out a way to accommodate Muslims and their faith practices, but according to an August 2014 article from OneNewsNow8, “Target is filing legal briefs in court cases intended to win marriage rights for homosexuals and lesbians.” Target wants to put forth that they just want everyone to feel welcome, but actively are 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 or don’t care while accommodating the vast majority of people who want to feel safe in a bathroom. They now have policies that make many people feel very unwelcome and if objections are voiced, they just don’t seem to care, unless it is possibly from someone of a different faith other than Christianity.

Mississippi and North Carolina Democracy versus Liberal Totalitarianism

Totalitarianism is defined as “a political system where the state recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible. Totalitarian regimes stay in political power through an all-encompassing propaganda campaign, which is disseminated through the state-controlled mass media, a single party that is often marked by political repression, personality cultism, control over the economy, regulation and restriction of speech, mass surveillance, and widespread use of terror” (Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totalitarianism). This definition actually describes the type of actions desired by those who want to punish Mississippi and North Carolina for wanting to let their citizens be able to decide for themselves what they want to think and do with their own lives. These liberals want a totalitarian government, not a republic, and not a democracy. They seek to force their viewpoint upon everyone any way they can.

Most of these companies who are voicing public objections to the laws passed by states, which want to allow religious freedom, are solely acting to protect their bottom line financially as they see it and will shift their actions to whichever way they think the wind blows if it will make them money. The same activists who threaten Mississippi and North Carolina also threaten these large corporations if they don’t comply with their demands. If it is okay with people to demand adherence in such a totalitarian fashion, then some other questions should also be asked.

Should Teva Pharmaceutical Industries be boycotted and people be asked to do no business with this company because they refuse to allow propofol to be sold for executions? They are discriminating against what their product is used for on the basis of their belief system even though the death penalty and executions are legal. If Christians should be forced to participate in matters that conflict with their belief system and violates their conscience, then how can one argue that these companies should also not be forced to sell their products without “discriminating”? If it is okay to sue Christians who solely don’t want to perform a service out of moral objections based on their faith, then should not the states who cannot get the medications sold to them for legal executions be able to bring lawsuits against these companies and force them to do what the law states is okay?

Should physicians who have moral objections to participating in abortions be forced to perform them since abortion is legal and physicians who refuse are “discriminating”? How about pharmacists who won’t fill a prescription for an abortifacient drug and are “discriminating”? Should all of these physicians and pharmacists be labeled as promoting “hate”, and boycotted for their “discriminatory” practices?

What about the pastors who refuse to participate in a homosexual “wedding”? Should they also be labeled and treated in the same way? Are these pastors to be listed on a “hate group” registry and hounded for just not wanting to participate?

What about Muslims who will not sell pork, or prepare it for sale, to others based upon their religious beliefs? Should all the pork-loving people all get together and bring boycotts and lawsuits to force the discriminatory Muslims to participate in what they deem objectionable based upon their faith practices?

Should Jewish owned businesses who choose to close their doors on Saturday be forced to stay open and not “discriminate” against those who want to shop on Saturday? Is it offensive to those who don’t hold those beliefs and places undue burdens on those who only can shop on Saturdays since it is possibly their only day off from work?

It is not people of faith who are bringing lawsuits and attempting to ruin others through tactics of fear and intimidation. These are the actions of the liberal, totalitarian activists who people of faith need to be protected from. Should peaceful non-participation be now made illegal also? That is also what totalitarian governments do. No dissent is allowed without retribution.

People of all faiths should be allowed to follow their conscience and faith practices as their traditions commonly dictate and not have their belief systems trampled by totalitarian demands. The pharmaceutical companies should be allowed to followed their conscience while the states are free to pursue other options without forcing adherence. Physicians and pharmacists should be free to practice in ways that do not violate their faith while those who want something different are always free to seek to have services they legally want elsewhere. Pastors should continue to be free to choose whom they will agree to marry as they always have. Jewish people should be free to practice all aspects of their faith as there are other options for those who live under different practices. Muslims should be free to practice portions of their faith practice as they desire to do so and people who want something different can do business with others. Those who want to label these laws as hateful only reveal their own heart toward those whom they disagree. For people of faith, it is about protecting their own conscience by not participating and it is not about doing anything to hurt anyone else. It is about having respect for other people’s faith choices in their lives and giving them the freedom to live their lives with having a conscience intact, unlike those within totalitarian regimes who historically could be argued to have lost any conscience they might have had.

Being an Abram, or a Lot?

Just as Abram and Lot had to decide where they would live and bring up their families, so it goes with all the families who will have to decide where they will raise their children.  In the years ahead, it will become more and more of a contrast between the states of the United States where homosexual “marriage” is legal or not.  Those states in which it is illegal and not accepted provide a more family friendly environment that honors God through recognition of Biblical marriage.  The states where homosexuals can now “marry” have become places in which marriage has lost its meaning in relation to the Bible. 

God will not bless decisions to dwell where there is an allowance for homosexual “marriage” any more than He did the decision of Lot to dwell in Sodom.  When Lot saw the land of Sodom, he saw a land that is described in Genesis as “well watered everywhere (before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar” (Genesis 13:10).  The description of the land Lot saw could be used to describe California and many other areas of our beautiful country.  Lot looked only at what he thought would provide him and his family with material abundance and did not consider how living in that land would affect his family spiritually.  Abram walked by faith, while Lot walked by sight.  Lot’s choice revealed his heart was already astray and then he willfully allowed his family to be led astray in a land that refused to honor God.  Now that California is full of many who are celebrating men having sexual relations with men, and women having sexual relations with women, maybe they should change the state’s name to Sodofornia.

In the years ahead, I believe that there will be an exodus of God-honoring families who do not want to raise their families in the lands of Sodom of our day.  The states that choose to honor God’s definition of a family will benefit, while those lands of Sodom will become more wicked as places where one’s family will be more easily led astray into behavior that dishonors God.  Through his faith in God, Abram had enough sense to stay away from the land of Sodom and he was blessed.  The leaders of the families of today have some decisions to make and, hopefully, there will be increasing numbers of people who decide that they will walk by faith and not by sight.

Where Will This Stop?

Hurricanes and tropical storms are named as either male or female with names that typically sound male or female. In this era of inclusiveness, it’s only a matter of time before the hurricane naming procedures need to undergo some changes. To accommodate everyone who now demands that we be tolerant, the naming procedures should name some of the “male” hurricanes and tropical storms with female names and vice versa. Also, some percentage of them should be named as male or female, but then the name could be considered to change gender at some point before it’s dissipated. Maybe we should just have all gender neutral names for the hurricanes and tropical storms. This may sound ridiculous, but it’s not anymore ridiculous than what we are seeing taking place all over this country right now.

Now that the military is allowing open homosexuality, there are already demands for the military to also recognize “transgender” persons (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/sep/28/after-demise-of-dont-ask-activists-call-for-end-to/). Now that the gate has been opened, there is no logical reason to stop anywhere with this. If no morality is to be recognized as absolute, there is absolutely no reason for anyone to follow any moral code of behavior. Without someone outside of ourselves being recognized as the author of what is moral versus immoral, there is no argument for rejecting anything as immoral except by the worldly way of deciding it by majority rule and relativism. God’s word is clear that what God says is sinful is still sinful even if everyone believes otherwise. The DNA of someone who wants to call themselves either gender still makes it clear what gender that person really is; if they don’t want to recognize the obvious, it doesn’t change it.

The absolute truth contained in God’s word must continue to be taught whether it’s rejected or not. To deny the full authority of scripture is to destroy the entirety of its truth and relevance to humanity in all times. The pastor in Iran who is sentenced to die (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=iran%20pastor%20faces%20execution&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CDkQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fworld%2F2011%2F09%2F28%2Firanian-pastor-faces-execution-for-refusing-to-recant-christian-faith%2F&ei=whSFTt3kFse1twfqpv0s&usg=AFQjCNGz8gmL9LdMWFmrcsFSlcLdgeVopw) solely for being a Christian certainly understands the absolute truth of God’s word and he is willing to die for it. Cannot the pastors and churches in America who don’t face this kind of threat (not yet anyway) find it needful to boldly proclaim the truth of God’s word in the face of opposition? The New Testament church did so. Will we?

“Don’t Ask-Don’t Care” Undermines Our Nation

Homosexual activists, and those who are either complacent, practice, or are in agreement with this lifestyle choice, are pleased with their victory in gaining open acceptance within our military ranks. On the day that it was announced with wide fanfare that our lame duck Congress had passed this new legislation, there was a spirit of congratulation among the media announcers to such degree that one would think that some great and wonderful thing had just happened.

The same people who are so thrilled about this change are also the same ones who preach to us all about how our nation and military should be less offensive to these nations who are our enemies. These same people apologize for American ideals and actions on a regular basis and bow to foreign leaders. There is a complete lack of analysis of this new military policy in this context. If we are to be more sensitive and understanding of these other nations, then our nation’s recent actions certainly are not going to accomplish that goal. It is bemoaned regularly how we need to be politically correct and accommodating to those of Islam, but the same people who believe such things are now offending greatly those whom they say they want to be more sensitive.

As stated on the website of the Center for Military Readiness, “Conspicuously missing from the list of 25 gay-friendly militaries are potential adversaries China, North Korea, and Iran. Their combined forces (3.8 million, not counting reserves) are more than two times greater than active-duty forces of the 25 foreign countries with gays in their militaries (1.7 million).” Our nation is thought to be a Christian nation by many of our adversaries and what this new policy demonstrates is something that certainly is not Christian, but will bring even further persecution of Christians trying to exist in these nations. It will bring further hatred of whom they call “The Great Satan” and even further emboldening against our country. One thing that these nations are right about is that this new policy is not of God.

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Care”

The current plan by Democrats in Congress to speed up the ending of the 1993 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law regarding homosexuals serving openly in the military, if passed, could be called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Care” since it’ll result in a military policy of not asking still, but because it won’t matter what is said, rather than the current policy of looking the other way as long as nothing is openly displayed. The first policy was put in place after homosexual activists, pressuring the Clinton administration, succeeded in getting this rationalized acceptance of what should have stayed like it was before 1993.

It is interesting that the 1993 policy was adopted during Clinton’s first two years in office which is the same scenario for Obama. Also, the policy change resulted in greater public disagreement with Clinton. I would imagine the same would be the result if this policy regarding homosexuals in the military does change in a liberal direction. With Obama’s approval rating being down to a record low for him at 42%, according to a recent Rasmussen poll, this renewed push for this policy change is certainly not going to help him. It very well could cause the November elections to end up even more like what happened in 1994 with a Republican takeover of Congress. I think the Democrats know their time is limited to do this and they are desperate to pass every liberal agenda item that they can while they still have time.

As soon as the announcement was made that Congress is getting more serious about changing the policy, out come the polls to spew the propaganda and tell us all what we should think about it. A CNN poll “finds nearly 80% of respondents support the right of gays to serve openly in the U.S. military.” A Zogby poll resulted in the statement in the article that an “overwhelming majority of voters (59%) chose military leaders as the most capable decision makers compared to (23%) who chose Congress. Almost one in five, (18%) were unsure.” These polls certainly demonstrate that the results of the questions depend upon how the question is asked. Liberals want us all to think that the majority in this country don’t care about the policy and want it repealed, but if they think that the military leaders should decide it instead, the obvious question is why would the majority, who supposedly want the law repealed, want the more conservative military leaders to make the decision? I think it is because there are great reservations in the public’s opinion about this and the public is not firmly committed to what we are told to accept.

Maybe they should do a poll among those who are actually in the military and ask people more specific questions such as (1) Are you okay with showering next to someone of the same sex that is an open homosexual?; (2) Do you think that this will affect the readiness of the military to respond to threats?; (3) Are you morally opposed to homosexuality?; and (4) Do you support the spending of additional money that would be necessary to build separate bathrooms at all military installations? There are many reasons to justify not allowing this policy to change in a more liberal direction and I don’t think the right questions are being asked. We are just being told what the majority liberal media want us to think. This new “Don’t Ask, Don’t Care” policy should be soundly rejected.

Celebrating Sin

We recently heard from President Obama in the State of the Union address that he wants to allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military and eliminate “don’t ask, don’t tell” policies put in place by President Clinton and continued by President Bush. The Pentagon plans on making changes already in anticipation of the law being changed by Congress later this year. Just in May of last year, it was reported that the Pentagon had no plans on changing it’s policies. There was either resistance to Obama’s plans or just a facade of it at that time. Obviously, there is openness to complying with Obama’s desires now.

If that’s not enough to please the homosexual groups who helped Obama get elected, now it’s being reported that the Air Force Academy is officially recognizing a worship circle for Neo-Pagans which includes adherents to the Wiccan religion, or witches. The basic moral code for them is the “Wiccan Rede” which states, “If it harms none, do what you will.” Homosexuality is accepted and celebrated in nearly all traditions of this religion which is polytheistic. For other comparisons between Christianity and Wiccans, there is information available to help with understanding.

In these days of perilous trials for many and for our nation that is being threatened from all sides and from all levels, one would think that there would be a greater desire to please God, and not rebel against Him further. People today are not much different than they have ever been. The children of Israel had to learn many hard lessons that come from not following the one true God. Idolatry and promoting sin are not actions that will bring God’s blessings. People need to pray that our leaders will make better decisions and stop this free fall away from God, or we will look back with much regret one day over what our country and our families could have been with a continuance of God’s blessings upon us.

Deuteronomy 18:9-14 (NKJV) reads, “When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you.”

“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, NIV).

The great news is that God will bless any person, and any nation, that turns from its evil. To continue in 1 Corinthians 6, verse 11 reads, “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” We don’t have to continue down the path away from God: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14, KJV).