Responding to Christians Who Oppose the Target Boycott

Boycotts must be strategic, and there are certain times that a message must be sent when a line is crossed. This is one of those times.

By Michael Brown Published on April 27, 2016

As the call to boycott Target continues to gain momentum, with almost one million people signing the boycott pledge on the American Family Association’s website in barely a week, other Christian voices are counseling against the boycott.

Carmen Fowler Laberge, president of the Presbyterian Lay Committee and an op-ed contributor on The Christian Post, has encouraged Christians not to boycott, offering three reasons why we should “tamp down the hair-on-fire call to boycott Target.”

She argues first, “While it is true that sexual predators exploit the freedom and trust in our society, predatory behavior remains illegal at all times in all places. Target is on notice that there is concern and fear that their policy invites predation. They should be given the opportunity to prove to be a good corporate citizen by announcing specific plans to insure the safety of all people while in their stores.”

With all respect, this is foolhardy and potentially dangerous counsel. Should we grant predators potential access to our kids while we give Target some time to prove their goodwill by coming up with an adequate policy to keep those predators out? And how many horror stories do we need to hear before we decide that Target is not the place for us? Before this new policy was announced, if a father saw a grown man follow his daughter into the bathroom, he could easily stop him or ask Target management to intervene. Today at Target, that father could do nothing, and since there’s no way to distinguish between the transgender male-to-female and the heterosexual predator, Target could be complicit in that child’s harm. Again I ask: How much time do we give them to work this out? And how will they be able to identify the voyeur or violent predator?

Several men have now videotaped their conversations with Target managers, asking them if they could use the ladies’ bathroom if they simply identified as women — without even wearing women’s clothes — and they were told they could. One man was even informed that if the women had a problem with his presence there, they — not he! — would be spoken to.

When Target was confronted with this madness, they replied, “We certainly respect that there are a wide variety of perspectives and opinions. As a company that firmly stands behind what it means to offer our team an inclusive place to work — and our guests an inclusive place to shop — we continue to believe that this is the right thing for Target.”

Don’t hold your breath waiting for Target to design an effective policy that will let the trans-identified women in and keep the predators out. And what of the women and girls who are not comfortable with a biological male in their bathrooms and dressing rooms? Why on earth would they not boycott, starting today?

Second, Laberge suggests, “We need to step back and acknowledge what’s actually happening on a larger scale and deeper level. The culture has shifted and nonsense has replaced common sense in many sectors” — which is all the more reason we should make our voices heard today and send a message to corporate America before the entire society loses its mind.

She writes, “This is complicated and culturally contentious but raising the alert level to full-scale-screaming does not help. There is a clear contest underway in our culture: is gender a God-designed binary reality or is it a mutable fluid of the individual?” But how is it “full-scale-screaming” to say, “In good conscience, I can’t give you my business”?

Read the Facebook post of Izzy Abraham, who went to Target with his young daughter Tirzah to discuss their policy. After talking with them and concluding that he could no longer shop there, he shared his experience on Facebook, encouraging others to follow his example, before ending with, “I’m not angry. I don’t hate. I’m just a dad who love[s].” That doesn’t sound like “full-scale-screaming” to me.

Of course, Laberge is right that “if Christians start boycotting every corporation that operates out of progressivism’s politically-correct profit-motives, our choices are going to be very narrow, our voice further sidelined and our influence further diminished.” But once again, she misses the point. Boycotts must be strategic, and there are certain times that a message must be sent when a line is crossed, and this is one of those times.

Finally, she argues, “The boycott war is neither persuasive nor effective,” and, “The current boycott war is only driving us further apart from those with whom we disagree and those whose challenges we don’t understand.”

Once again, I beg to differ. First, while it is far too early to assess what impact this boycott will have, it is already very effective in waking Christians up to what is happening in our society and sending a message to other companies that there are economic consequences to embracing radical LGBT activism.

Second, we can protect our families, stand up for public safety, and refuse to give our business to companies that scorn our values (and even scorn common sense) while at the same time seeking to better our understanding of those who identify as transgender.

In virtually every article I write on the subject, I urge compassion for those who struggle, and I call for professionals to work together to find a way to help those who identify as transgender find wholeness from the inside out. As followers of Jesus, we can stand for righteousness while we reach out to the hurting and the confused.

Laberge closes her article by writing, “Instead of boycotting, why not call on Target to insure the safety of women and girls while they are also providing reasonable accommodation to transgender individuals? Instead of widening the chasm why not find the common concern of privacy and safety which stands at the center of concern for both groups?”

But here too she is making a strategic error, one that buys into today’s cultural madness. In brief: 1) as previously stated, many women and girls are uncomfortable with the presence of an obviously biological male in their dressing rooms and bathrooms, understandably so; 2) Target has already declared war on gender (as per their toy policy implemented last year); 3) by speaking of “both groups” as equal players, she forgets that, for every 1,000 people, less than 5 identify as transgender. Why turn the world upside down for so few?

I certainly appreciate Laberge’s call for calmness and for maintaining a Christian spirit, but right now, a calm, Christian spirit calls for a boycott of Target. There is a right time to draw a line in the sand, and that time is now.

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  • acontraryview

    I’m curious, Michael, why Target? Wal-Mart has the exact same policy. Are you also boycotting them? What about other companies that have such policies in place? If this policy “crosses the line” and thus it is this policy that becomes the focal point of determining that a boycott is warranted, then why not every company that has such a policy in place? Sure, that might place a burden on the people who want to participate, but wouldn’t that be a small price to pay in the name of your faith? Are you only willing to sacrifice so much, but then not beyond that? Jesus gave his life. You aren’t even wiling to give up your cell phone – something that you didn’t even have 30 years ago. Doesn’t say much about your commitment, does it?

    “1) as previously stated, many women and girls are uncomfortable with the presence of an obviously biological male in their dressing rooms and bathrooms, understandably so;”

    They’ll be fine. In the locations where such laws have been in place – in some instances for over a decade – there has not been ONE SINGLE instance of an assault taking place because men were allowed into the ladies’ room. Further, this has nothing to do with sharing dressing rooms. Dressing rooms are private and only the person, or someone they allow in, can be in there. Your saying that dressing rooms are involved is simply a lie.

    “2) Target has already declared war on gender (as per their toy policy implemented last year);”

    How is it “declaring war on gender” to simply have a toy section and not attempt to distinguish between toys for boys and toys for girls?

    “3) by speaking of “both groups” as equal players, she forgets that, for every 1,000 people, less than 5 identify as transgender. Why turn the world upside down for so few?”

    The world isn’t being turned upside down, Michael. At the time of the civil war in the US, less than 1.5% of the population owned slaves. Would you have suggested that we skip the war on slavery. I mean, it really didn’t affect that many people, did it?

    • Douglas Steckbeck

      By the way I go to wal mart all the time and I use their bathrooms quite regularly, they do not have that policy They still have the male/ female signs on appropriate bathrooms….The LGBT is less than .01% of the US and there seems to be well over 70% against this policy. why are we arguing, people have spoken, so the store needs to come back to understand there own policy to make sure the shoppers that come feel comfortable…doesn’t seem they do. I used to work at Target, and they have always been on the controversial side of political correctness over the years…Not a fan of target and won’t take my grand daughters there to take the chance..There are plenty of other store with the same offerings that don’t have that open policy….for those of you for this, I am sorry..I won’t judge you, not my job..It’s God that judges in the end and He hands out stiffer penalties than I can ever think of…So good luck on making your choices in life

      • acontraryview

        “they do not have that policy”

        Yes, they do.

        “They still have the male/ female signs on appropriate bathrooms.”

        Yes, Doug, they do. As does Target. The policy is not that there are no longer restrooms with signage for male and female. The policy is that transgender individuals are allowed to use the restroom of their identified gender.

        “The LGBT is less than .01% of the US”

        Actually, estimates range from 3 – 6%, although that is not relevant.

        “there seems to be well over 70% against this policy”

        Basis?

        “why are we arguing”

        I have no idea. This is Target’s policy. If you don’t like it, you don’t like it.

        “so the store needs to come back to understand there own policy to make sure the shoppers that come feel comfortable”

        Based on how busy my local Target was this weekend when I went there, it appears shoppers do feel comfortable.

        “won’t take my grand daughters there to take the chance”

        What chance?

        “for those of you for this, I am sorry”

        Why?

        “It’s God that judges in the end and He hands out stiffer penalties than I can ever think of…So good luck on making your choices in life”

        You as well.

        • Wayne Cook

          According the Census Bureau…LGBT community is less than 2%. And more than 800,000 have signed the petition. You are making several moot arguments…ie, argumentum hominem.

          • 1Myles1

            The Constitution says all are equal.Where do percentages enter into anything?

          • AndRebecca

            Where does it say all are equal?

          • thomas daniel

            really what page is that on

      • 1Myles1

        The signs are the same because transgender people choose and use the appropriate toilets for them as they always have.It is only idiots who don’t want transgender people to have the choice that are upset.
        How is being transgender a choice?Did you choose to be what you are?

    • Wayne Cook

      Excuse me? Walmart? Not here they don’t.

      • thomas daniel

        in san Antonio either

  • Anita

    You are spot on, as always, Dr. Brown. I signed the petition, transferred my prescriptions from them and will not shop there again. I am doing so to protect the children in my life.

    • Mermi

      So did I !!!!!!!!!!!

  • MF

    How absolutely un-Christian of you.

    You start by saying that Target’s policy will endanger women and girls… that’s one issue.

    But then to go on to say that Target is creating a “war on gender” because of getting rid of boy/girl labels in the toy aisle… well, your true colours come out.

    This is not about safety of women and girls. This is about “putting people in their place” and expecting them to conform to your idea of what a “man” and a “woman” is.

    This has nothing to do with safety, and you know it.

    • Mo86

      “How absolutely un-Christian of you.”

      First of all, when did you read and study the Bible to determine what is Christian or un-Christian?

      Second, what did Dr. Brown say here that is un-Christian? Provide the evidence for your accusations. You wouldn’t want to be lying, would you? I’m sure you wouldn’t want to be doing something un-Christian yourself. Right?

      ” This is about “putting people in their place” and expecting them to conform to your idea of what a “man” and a “woman” is.”

      LOL! It’s Dr. Brown’s idea that males have male genitals and females have female genitals?

      Thanks for the laugh!

    • Nancy

      For thousands of years, since the beginning of known history, there has been man and woman and marriage between them. Suddenly, you’re wacko if you believe in these things. To believe in them and stand for them is Christian. And it doesn’t mean anybody is hating.

    • thomas daniel

      yes it does Idaho and san antonio

  • Jennifer Hartline

    So Target enacts an insane new policy that explicitly increases the danger for their female customers, but we’re supposed to wait and see if they can come up with some way to mitigate that danger? We should just carry on, continuing to use their facilities and just hope that our daughter isn’t the unlucky one for whom their safety plans just didn’t work? I’m sorry, but is Ms. Laberge nuts? Would she volunteer her daughter to test Target’s safety plans?

    • Amanda

      I fear the stupid men crying and talking to managers more, way more, than transgenders.

    • 1Myles1

      The policy has been in place for over ten years.Bigots just noticed it lately.

      • thomas daniel

        would you call the woman in Idaho that was in the dressing room where the man was taking pictures of her was she a bigot because she didn’t want a camera stuck up her skirt

        • 1Myles1

          What does the law protecting transgender rights to use the proper toilet have to do with perverts sneaking photographs of women?
          It is still a crime and it will always be but it has nothing to do with transgender rights.

          • thomas daniel

            which doesn’t exist rights are rights not invented rights

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  • Dale Barry

    Gay marriages were allowed in Churches last May. Did you believe it would stop there. Wake up from your own Humanism! Your bleeding heart has nothing to do with Gods word.

    • Amanda

      Your God and your interpretation.

      • Dale Barry

        Let them live the way they want. Just don’t put it down my to me. We have real problems in the world! What was ever wrong with taking a piss in your own genders washroom.

        • Dean Bruckner

          It reminded them of reality, and that was unforgiveable.

    • Nancy

      Yes, bleeding hearts sounds so nice, but Jesus did not tell us to just be nice to everyone and go along. He taught difficult truths and people walked away and he let them. We are called to love, but not to compromise. Jesus came in grace AND truth.

      • Dale Barry

        Whats your point? I’m talking about human compassion Masked as religion as opposed to the word of God.

        • Nancy

          Sorry Dale if I wasn’t clear. I actually was agreeing with you.

          • Dale Barry

            Oh I’m sorry also Nancy. I totally misread your intention then. My apologies 😉

      • 1Myles1

        Endorsing slavery had nothing to do with it?

  • JAM

    This policy has nothing to do with Christian principles – it has to do with physical gender. Restrooms are dedicated to specifically a male gender and a female gender. PERIOD. Policy never should be made from someones “feelings” and that’s what Target has decided to do. Inclusive does not mean pleasing everyone and it’s quite obvious Target has no idea how to handle this. In other words, Target has no policy – PERIOD.

    • Dean Bruckner

      Insofar as the Christian world view best represents reality–which Christians recognize–it is about Christian principles…not because they are Christian, but because they are true.

      Truth is evident at times and places outside the Judeo-Christian world view. Aristotle wrote that truth is that which says, of a thing that is, that it is, and of a thing that is not, that it is not. Until Jesus, that was among the best definitions anywhere.

      • 1Myles1

        Truth will never be found in any association that is based on lies and greed.Religion lacks everything from honesty to morality to reality.

        • AndRebecca

          That, from a person who believes the ends justify the means. Are you confused.

          • 1Myles1

            How did you decide that I believe the same foolishness as you?Does the end justify the means?

          • AndRebecca

            Christians don’t believe in the ends justify the means, Leftists do.

          • 1Myles1

            If you aren’t a leftist how can you declare what leftist do or don’t think about “the end justifies the means”?
            Do christians believe anything that is actually decent or honest or moral?

          • AndRebecca

            How do I know anything about Leftists or anything else? Put on your thinking cap and figure it out. Christians believe in the Bible. The Bible is full of morals. It is so full of morals, the people on the Left, think it is a negative, not a positive …don’t do this and don’t do that. Let’s see: Decent – respectable. Honest – upright. Moral – concerned with the judgement of the goodness and badness in human action and character.

          • 1Myles1

            Where is the morality in your bible?
            Is that when your jesus tells slaves with christian masters that they should work harder to make their christian owners look good?
            Is it when your god is going door-to-door murdering all the first born children in an entire nation?
            Is it when your god explains how it is easier to murder unborn babies if they cut open the bellies of pregnant women first?
            Please be specific.Every page has at least two or three outrages to decency and morality.I have searched for over twenty years and I have yet to find anything moral or decent.
            As for honesty,could that be when the zombie walks on water or perhaps when the snake talks,or the double creation,or the endless tortures of hell,or its burning fires,or rising from the dead,or hundreds of other cases of foolishness that only happened in books of fairy tales?
            Please explain what I am missing or overlooking.

          • AndRebecca

            Would you care to share the verses in the Bible you are talking about? I’ve never read that, so I can’t point out what you’ve stated.

          • 1Myles1

            Isn’t asking an atheist to cite your fairy tales to you kind of embarrassing?
            Read Deuteronomy for yourself and if you really enjoy atrocities read Joshua.Your god demands every atrocity known be used against anyone he wants.
            Of course Matthew 5:29-30 is always nice if you like jesus more than its father.
            Of course its father even showed priests how to induce abortions.Hosea 9:13-14,I think or perhaps Amos 1:13.
            Numbers 31:17 is very thoughtful,but the whole book is filled with stories of murder,cruelty,genocide,hate and intolerance.Nothing could possibly justify it in any way.
            You should be ashamed of yourself.

          • AndRebecca

            What is your problem with abortion? Communists are fine with abortions… The Bible is filled with all kinds of tragedies and evil done by Satan through people, and God says to cut it out or else… In Biblical days, the people in and around Israel were every bit as evil as they are in the Middle East today. Because people are so hardheaded, He uses all sorts of words to get through their thick skulls. It doesn’t work for many and so we continue to live with war, poverty, disease, etc. Your comprehension is poor.

          • 1Myles1

            Justifying the evil your god does and calls for make you and your religion just one more evil to face humanity.Have you always been so immoral and reprehensible?
            You are one sick puppy.
            We are lucky that your god is just another in the long line of fake gods.It is too bad that the religious evil never changes,one god to the next.

          • AndRebecca

            If it weren’t for my God, you would not be on the net spilling out your hatred for Him. All the modern inventions were invented in Christian countries.

          • 1Myles1

            Look up the work of Archbishop Théophilus (318C.E.)who almost single handedly threw humanity into the dark ages.
            Every single advance in civilization has been in spite of religion,although the Spanish Inquisition did give free rein to the creation of new instruments of torture.Christians seem to be good at that.
            In ancient times any thinker who showed the Earth was round recanted or died because god created the Earth on foundations( 1 Samuel 2:8) (or the seas Psalms 24:1)(or hung the Earth on nothing Job 26:7); nobody was ever sure which was right.Killing anyone who disagreed with god was the main reason.Today,religious creeps deny that mankind is powerful enough to cause global-warming and climate change.How many innocents will die before religious freaks admit their stupidity?
            Were you aware that the entire library systems onf the Maya,the Aztec and the Inca were completely destroyed because the black robes were afraid something might insult their god.How do you justify that.

          • AndRebecca

            Well, um it would help if you knew what modern inventions meant. There were no modern inventions in 318 A.D., and so you basically have no idea of what I’m talking about. And the Maya, the Aztec and the Inca had libraries, and they were destroyed because they would insult God? Your lack of knowledge knows no bounds.

          • 1Myles1

            Can you really be as stupid as that comment shows you to be?Stop and think about just how foolish your comment is.Your deliberate and wilfull stupidity is amazing.Your death-cult must be rotting your brain.
            Nobody knows what knowledge was lost or destroyed or what could have been invented or discovered using that knowledge.
            What is known is that knowledge that might have insulted your religion or your god was destroyed because your religious freaks wanted the religion safe from any criticism..
            Just a few years ago it was discovered that the Aztec has a very advanced system of calendars.The SETI project was supposedly inspired by their astronomy.Who knows what else they had,
            The Jesuits were only following the directives of Archbishop Théophilus,so anything that might have contained any worthwhile knowledge was thrown away.
            The dark ages were the results.Humanity still hasn’t recovered.
            Still today,religious creeps are denying man has power over climate-change.How many more innocent people will die because religious creeps are still blocking scientific progress?

          • AndRebecca

            You are way, way, way off topic. And why? Because you hate Christians and that’s what women’s restrooms being available to men is all about. And…Who knows what the Aztecs had? They had a calendar long after everyone else the world had one, big deal. I guess you are lost for words on the topic at hand. As for climate change and Amerinds, did you know at the time of the Anasazi there was a 300 year drought in the Americas and that a twenty-five year drought in one particular area of the southwest caused them to disappear? Do you think they caused the climate to change with their carbon pollution?

          • 1Myles1

            Refer to previous comment about stupidity.
            Destruction of the entire knowledge base of cultures,because they might have different beliefs from yours,has to be the height of human stupidity and religious evil.
            Immorality is not limited to one religion.It is just that the christians get so much practice.

          • AndRebecca

            You do know about their gods and their religious ceremonies? And you do know the Aztec people are still around along with much of their cultural artifacts and language. If any of them want to do something with it, they can. No one is stopping them from learning about their culture.

          • 1Myles1

            Refer to previous comment about stupidity.
            We aren’t discussing what christian morons did to just one culture,try hundreds.
            Everywhere they sent their missionaries and soldiers,death and destruction followed.
            November 2014,20,000 children murdered by Pentecostal and Presbyterian pastors because they were “witches” was one of the latest outrages.Check out the BBC documentary on the massacres.By-the-way ongoing massacres.
            Think to yourself what problems you would face if your society was destroyed.How would you go about recreating it?Imagine every cultural artifact destroyed because it might offend some god.
            Now that the moslems are following in the christian footsteps,you may get your chance.

          • AndRebecca

            What exactly do you like about cannibalism and human sacrifice? What do you like about not knowing where your next meal is coming from and not having a written language and being unable to use even simple machines? Is that how you live?

          • 1Myles1

            The cannibalism and the human sacrifice come from your bible.
            Why do you try to attribute qualities to me that have no connection to reality?

          • AndRebecca

            Wow. You don’t even remember you brought up the Aztecs. The Aztecs were cannibals and did human sacrifices. You said Christians ruined their way of life. Personally, I’m glad they did. I forgot, English isn’t your first language and you don’t understand a lot of what I state.

          • 1Myles1

            Your inability to read your bible to see that your jesus was a proponent of cannibalism and human sacrifice speaks volumes.
            No reference was ever made to the religion of the Aztecs alhough they couldn’t have been as evil as christianity.
            More attributes for me to help gloss over your foolishness isn’t very helpful.
            What is my first language?

          • AndRebecca

            Babble on…You certainly believe in lying about the Bible, and I would guess your first language is Russian because of what Lenin said about the stupidity of Russians. You don’t have a clue about much of anything, but you seem adept at looking up atheist and communist talking point sites. I’ve seen them too, and can anticipate everything you say. The brainwashed like yourself, can do nothing but parrot what you’ve been told.

          • 1Myles1

            Cannibalism:
            Deuteronomy 28:53-57/Jeremiah 19:9/Leviticus 26:29/Luke 22:19/Lamentations 2:20/just for starters.
            Human sacrifice:
            1 Kings 13:2/Romans 8:3
            Please find the many others on your own.
            To know that people admire and worship such evil is disgusting and debilitating.

          • AndRebecca

            Cannibalism was a fact in ancient days during a siege. This is another curse, not something recommended. Siege times mentioned in Jeremiah. Ditto Leviticus. I wonder if they are lamenting something in Lamentations? It seems so. Kings is about desecrating an alter. And Romans 8:3 is about the law and what it cannot do, only Christ can do. So, it’s about following God and not ending up in bad situations which happens when you don’t follow Him. This is the exact opposite from what the Aztecs did, which is what we were talking about, remember?

          • 1Myles1

            Trying bto justify the evil stupidities of your religion by attacking another only shows your cupidity.
            Good-bye.

          • AndRebecca

            It’s been fun. Goodbye.

          • 1Myles1

            Cannibalism:Deuteronomy 28:53-57/Jeremiah 19:9/Matthew 25:26/Lamentations 2:20/Luke 22:19/2 kings 6:24-29 for starters.
            Human sacrifice:
            1 Kings 13:2/Romans 8:3 among many others that you can find yourself.
            Child sacrifice:
            Hebrews 1:6/Colossians 1:14-16 again for starters.
            Jeremiah 4:22 “For my people are foolish,they know me not,they are foolish children.”
            Hebrews 8:4 “Now if he were on Earth,he would not be a priest at all.” Jesus doesn’t exist.
            Wouldn’t it be nice if such evil wasn’t propagated?

          • AndRebecca

            The Bible, among other things is a book of directions. It tells people don’t do this or something bad will happen to you. Bad stuff does happen to people all the time. You have to be delusional to think it doesn’t. And, people are foolish, is that news to you? Evil exists, but you scapegoat it onto Christians. You are Russian and unable to make judgments due to genetics, that’s obvious.

          • thomas daniel

            love your neighbor as yourself

          • thomas daniel

            that’s because liberals don’t want anything interfering with their good time they don’t be live in absolutes

          • AndRebecca

            Exactly. And, the things they like are downright scary. Look at the end result of Leftism: N. Korea, China, South Africa, Venezuela, and the Socialists in Europe who now are committing suicide. No one in their right mind would go for their plotting and scheming to take over the world without all the propaganda.

  • Mellissa

    Seems to me, this is really another minority group pushing an agenda.

    The common sense solution is to leave all public restrooms as they are and add another category.
    But, of course, it is not about common sense and respecting the rights of others. Rather, it is about bullying and insisting that everything in society must be changed to please a minority.

    Aside from the safety issue of predators and pedophiles taking advantage of the situation, protecting the innocence of a child for as long as possible is definitely a valid concern for parents who do not want young children possibly exposed to the genitalia of an adult of the opposite gender.

    Target is just another store!

    Last I noticed, I can find the same merchandise elsewhere!

    I can live without them!

    Target happens to be the headline frontrunner for Transgender Accommodation. However, any store that I now frequent will be on my “avoid list” should the Transgender policy be adopted for the Ladies Restroom.

    For me, joining a boycott is not necessary. I make choices based on my personal preferences. And I prefer to feel comfortable and safe.

    • Kathie Host

      I agree with you, whole heartedly. I think all biological women and girls, should cease using the “womens” restroom and, utilize the “mens” room. I think we would hear a big outcry from biological males at the urinals!!! And, all things considered… I don’t think doing this would be any more risky than the current system of, allowing “men” in the women’s room!!@

    • Dean Bruckner

      For the sexual revolutionaries, loss of modesty in the young especially is a feature, not a bug…an assault long planned with evil intent.

  • Mellissa

    It will be interesting to see how many lawsuits resulting from assaults will come out of this policy.

    • 1Myles1

      There hasn’t been any in the ten years the policy has been in force.

  • Matt Hoffman

    Jesus and paul both made it a point to take the time to talk to the world. They didn’t boycott it. It seems to me that going to target gives me the opportunity to share why I feel the way I do

    • Kathie Host

      The Disciples were sent out… two by two; to, teach the Good News. If, their words were met with resistance, they were instructed to…. shake the dust from their sandals and, move on. Hence, they have been told.

    • Wayne Cook

      Actually Jesus instructed his disciples to leave any town which did not accept the message. Last time I checked, that was a boycott.

      • Ria Pendergrass

        Exactly! Good point! Some folk pick & choose what part of the Bible they want to obey.

  • Az1seeit

    I’m boycotting Target for one reason: I might have to use their bathrooms. I no longer will have privacy there. I don’t choose to inflict that on myself. End of story.

  • Nancy

    If my conscience says I don’t want to give them my business, then I am not going to consult the culture to see if I should listen to my conscience. I DID go to Target and talked to the manager and very respectfully told him why I couldn’t shop there anymore. We live in an upside down world and we are not going to be liked. Jesus told us we would be hated because of Him.

    • Wayne Cook

      Well said, and I applaud your personal involvement.

  • Howard Rosenstein

    Laberge says the culture is shifting. I say it is shifting for a minuscule number of radical people with loud mouths. Let me teach Laberge something. In America, we are individuals not sheep to be herded into groups. I could give a f–k about what culture has has shifted to. With this sort of thinking, if our culture shifts to a communist mindset, are we supposed to follow that mindset to our demise as a nation. Oh, I forgot! Our society is already transforming to a communist society thanks to Marxist Obama and his Socialist Democratic Party.

    • 1Myles1

      Communism is definitely preferable to the religious oligarchy that runs the country now.

      • AndRebecca

        You really want in to those restrooms!!!

      • Howard Rosenstein

        This has nothing to do with religion. It is about a mental illness that strikes a small number of people. The mind is confused about sexual orientation and the suffering could mostly be traced to the parent of parents of the people that suffer this mental problem. Communism? obviously, you never experienced the dark dread and anguish communism brings. Communism is a modern term for Feudal system when Kings and Queens would rob the peasants and then throw crumbs back to them. You sound very young and immature. Start learning before you are discarded.

        • 1Myles1

          The mental confusion and illness stems from you and your religious cohorts.
          Interfering with people going to the toilet is sick,stupid and immoral.

      • thomas daniel

        then go to Russia and live under it

        • 1Myles1

          Think of the Taliban and also Sharia.Then remember that immoral religious interference is also a problem in our society.Our Taliban are the evangelical christians and their desire to make everyone obey their bible.Russia has the same problem.The Russian Orthodox Church is working to restrict civil liberties there.

          • AndRebecca

            O.K., you are so befuddled that you can’t tell a Christian Fundamentalist from a Taliban terrorist. And you don’t know enough about Russia to know the R.O.C. is a communist front group and has been since Lenin. You do have strange, overwhelming need to let everyone know how lacking in knowledge you are.

  • Gerald Palmer

    Here is a fix. Bathroom attendants in women’s restroom!! Fixed

  • Wayne Cook

    Laberge herself obviates the “calm” she claims by raising the level of discourse to a “scream” with her own words.

  • Diana

    Just curious… does the Presbyterian Lay Committee support divestment in Israeli companies? Isn’t that what one would define as a boycott? I guess, according to Carmen Fowler Laberge, boycotting is “full-scale screaming” only if it’s against something she supports.

  • Rebecca Behrent

    Those who do not stand up to evil are only going to encourage MORE evil!!

    • 1Myles1

      And yet,you are still christian.

      • AndRebecca

        What are you trying to say? If we don’t accept poor, even criminal behavior, we’re intolerant?

        • 1Myles1

          Religious beliefs and behavior are evil and criminal.It is amazing that humanity is so tolerant.

          • AndRebecca

            Spoken like a true Communist. You are the first communist on the web who actually admits your delusional ideas are communist. I like that.

          • 1Myles1

            When you use words that you don’t understand what they mean,it only makes you look ignorant.
            Adults with imaginary friends have problems with delusions and other mental illnesses.
            Please explain how religion has not been the most harmful and damaging to humanity of anything else.
            Please explain how religion has ever been of any benefit to anyone except the leeches who get to live from the money they steal from suckers.
            Please point out something,anything,that is even vaguely honest or moral or decent connected to any religion.
            Please explain how,with millions of gods to choose from,you chose yours.
            Please explain how you justify pushing such evil as religion on the innocents of the world.

          • thomas daniel

            1Myles1 AndRebecca • 3 months ago

            Religious beliefs and behavior are evil and criminal really is it the penal code

  • Jim Golec

    I have a question: Has anyone stopped to think that these so-called “potential predators” have been using the same bathrooms as our kids along? As biased as it may sound, the “potential predators” have usually been classified as being male. Guess what… those same “potential predators” have been using the same bathrooms as OUR SONS, and no one ever thought to say anything until now?

    • AndRebecca

      Have they been using the same restrooms? I have never seen them in one.

      • 1Myles1

        Why would the issue be limited to Target?
        Transgender people are everywhere.

        • AndRebecca

          Well, in the past, they weren’t everywhere. It was, and maybe still is against the law to dress up as a woman and go into women’s restrooms. Most cross dressers confined themselves to their homes when wearing women’s clothing. When they did go out it was only in certain neighborhoods where they were, hmm…working…Once in a while, you could see them in stores in these certain areas dressed as women.

          • 1Myles1

            Transgender people have always been everywhere.Because you are blind and incapable of distinguishing them doesn’t mean they aren’t there.
            Even ancient Greeks noticed hermaphrodites.Some became revered as gods.
            Transvestites aren’t transgender.They are straight men and women who cross-dress for sexual thrills or other pleasures.I don’t know which toilets they use,probably their home toilets.
            Don’t tell me that you hate transvestites as well?

          • AndRebecca

            No they haven’t always been everywhere. There were laws against men dressing as women and women dressing as men. At least here in America. Even little kids have sense enough to know it is not normal to do such things. But, our Marxist infiltrated government decided about twenty-six years ago that all normality needed to go out the window. The first president Bush made the month of June LGBT month and since then, we’ve heard about the wonderfulness of strange relationships.

      • thomas daniel

        me either anymore

  • Mo86

    What sort of “Christian” would do that?

  • Sam

    Yes, Dr. Brown, I love reading what you have to say on every issue. I am usually in the same mind set as you. I agree with you, and pray for you and your family.
    So, how about we stay out of Target and the rest of these stores going along with this insane decision. Shop online, or find other stores. My kids and grand kids, will never see the inside of a public restroom.

  • Cathy

    So,it seems to me that Target’s bathroom policy is making transgendered less safe.Now, a man who wants to follow a transgender person into a woman’s bathroom to possibly hurt them will be able to go in unchallenged.

  • Rev. A. Craig Bracy

    I am really troubled that Target has gone this far with the LGBT agendas to have men and women sharing the same bathrooms at the same time and having all gender neutral toys that confuses children and youths and men and women about healthy, natural, and normal gender and sexual identity as God made us. I intend to boycott Target and no longer shop there until I see some significant change in their policy that reflects good common sense values for America.

    • 1Myles1

      I don’t think the boycott is very effective.The stock actually dropped 0.18 cents this month.
      Everybody loves publicity especially retail stores.

      • Rev. A. Craig Bracy

        What would you suggest to get Target to change its policy?

        • 1Myles1

          In ten years Target has had the same policy.It was just restated and then noticed by religious freaks.Stirring controversy tends to keep the collection plates full,especially when you have an identifiable opponent,who happens to be an easy target.

          Its policy is the right policy.The boycott is just foolishness caused by morons who don’t understand that transgender people have always been using the proper toilet.
          Sandy Rios and the American Family Association(F.B.I. listed hate group),hiring men to go into ladies toilets at Target,really showed the stupidity of the bigots.
          Target and transgender people really win because of such a stupid ploy.

          • AndRebecca

            AFA is an SPLC-communist listed hate group. I doubt the FBI is worried about them, but you never know. God made communists as well. What was He thinking?

          • 1Myles1

            American Family Association is a right wing group that inspires and encourages hate crimes against gays and transgender people,abortion clinics and doctors and everyone that they oppose politically.The F.B.I. has a special section just for christian terrorists and they are part of it.
            The Communist Party is a legally recognized political party and the target of hate-crimes as well,although their opponents are most often the C.I.A. and the F.B.I. along with the K.K.K.Right wing nuts usually leave them in peace.

          • AndRebecca

            Wrong about the AFA. And the rest of this. The communist party has been active against Christians since it’s beginning. And, they’ve been in America since the beginning. They used to be considered weirdos and out casts. And, while Christians were asleep in America, they infiltrated the “systems.” The government has been promoting homosexuality for the last twenty-six years along with Hollywood and even some “churches.”

          • 1Myles1

            The Communist Party does work for proper morality and commonsense,somethings that are anathema to christianity.
            The American Family Association is listed as a hate group because that is what they are and what they promote.Ask the F.B.I.
            Churches promote nothing but greed,hate and intolerance.
            Do you really think communists existed before communism was even thought of?I think your medications are wearing off or you forgot to take them today.Your delusions are getting stronger.
            Christians have always been known to be outcasts and weirdos.People are so cruel sometimes to the mentally disturbed.
            Promoting diversity is probably what you are trying to say.Since everyone is different,the differences should be celebrated,not hidden under religious foolishness.
            If Hollywood can do something worthwhile for society,they should be congratulated.Like religion,I thought they were only in business for the money.

          • AndRebecca

            The communist party is the opposite of Christianity. Christianity is morality and communism is not. That’s why people think communism is satanic. Communists were called levelers and they were around in 1640 A.D., long before Marx. Everyone considered them nut cases. You don’t seem to know the history of Western Civilization and have a hard time using your judgment of right and wrong. Do you believe people have a conscience?

          • 1Myles1

            Isaiah 45:7 your god is your satan.
            Morality doesn’t exist in any religion,especially not christianity.If communism is the opposite of christianity than I must strive to become a communist.
            Christians have always been the nut-cases.Your understanding of morality is really twisted if you consider anything connected to any religion to be less than bare evil.
            Psalms 137:9 “Happy shall he be that takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock.”Christian morality from your own sick god.

          • AndRebecca

            Isiah 45:7 I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things. That’s it? And Psalms 137:9 is a curse… Keep up your reading and maybe at some point God will allow you to understand what you read. We can only hope.

          • 1Myles1

            Maybe at some point you could find something decent or moral in your fairy tales to justify your god being such a murderous,amoral creep.

          • AndRebecca

            What is your definition of amoral? Here’s something I like: Proverbs 31:10-31, and there are many more.

          • 1Myles1

            Look in a mirror and you will see my definition.

          • AndRebecca

            Well, here’s my dictionary’s definition of amoral: 1. Not admitting of moral distinctions or judgments; neither moral or immoral. 2. Lacking in moral sensibility; not caring about right and wrong. Hmmm…That isn’t what I see in the mirror.

          • 1Myles1

            Are you denying your own christian beliefs?
            Perhaps you have found something in your bible that is not immoral or another god that is not amoral.

          • AndRebecca

            I gave you a dictionary definition of amoral, which is different than immoral, and you have no idea of what a dictionary definition is, much less the meaning of these words. Unbelievable. Keep replying, this is getting interesting.

          • thomas daniel

            then give up all your freedoms then

          • thomas daniel

            so if you oppose abortion you are a member of a hate group wow

          • 1Myles1

            The A.F.A. are a registered hate group because they call for the death of gay and transgender people.Denying equality and working to promote discrimination don’t help them either.
            If you are pregnant then your opinion on abortion is important to you.Other than that,mind your own business.
            The F.B.I.has a list of christian terrorists groups that oppose women’s right to control their own health care.Those groups bomb women’s health clinics and murder doctors who provide necessary abortion services.
            If the A.F.A. has endorsed or supports any of those groups then they have made the hate list again and rightly so.
            Remember legally opposing something and trying to kill its proponents are rather different.

          • thomas daniel

            ok afa only
            Subject: Re: Comment on Responding to Christians Who Oppose the Target Boycott

          • AndRebecca

            The AFA is a traditional American Christian group wanting to keep the values this country was built upon. The FBI and other government agencies go along with the Leftists who now control our government. The Communist Party has been working to overthrow the American government since before Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto and published it in 1848. They decided back then that the best way to overthrow America was to infiltrate the government, churches, schools, etc., and takeover from the inside. They did this by making sure their people came over as immigrants and refugees. They had help here from the Leftist churches already here, particularly the Unitarians. They believed the American people, back in the day, were too smart to go for a flat out revolution. The SPLC was started by Communists and now they are affiliated with the government just like Marx would have like it. You’ve got that part right. Morris Dees just HAPPENS to be a Unitarian as well as a communist.

          • 1Myles1

            Doesn’t spouting lies and spreading fake rumours count as bearing false witness?Doesn’t your god disapprove?
            Do you work for the A.F.A.?Is that why you try to white wash their evil agenda?
            Spreading lies about the S.P.L.C. must mean that the F.B.I. has opened another investigation into the christian terrorists and found more links to the A.F.A. or the K.K.K.
            I didn’t know that christian freaks believed in conspiracy theories as well.
            Since you are a christian,lies and foolishness are normal but in your case your mental illness and your death-cult are rotting your brain.
            Get help.You are in desperate need.

          • AndRebecca

            You can do a search on the computer and find that everything I wrote above is true. And, your writing is improving. It must be all your studying of English as a second language. But, if you don’t watch your name-calling, you may get thrown off the site.

          • 1Myles1

            When you fail to check your sources you end by spreading lies and hate.Nothing you wrote will or can be verified by any reputable source and you know but you prefer your stupidities,not truth.
            If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck,it isn’t a giraffe.
            You are a wilfully ignorant religious creep.

          • AndRebecca

            You are the one failing to check anything. You don’t know what you are talking about. But, keep it up, you are showing yourself for what you are.

          • thomas daniel

            no he didn’t make them he allowed them to pick n choose

          • AndRebecca

            Why are you bringing this up? Isn’t anything going on in Eastern Europe?

          • Kelly Keith Dunn

            Really? You name call and judge “Christians” as freaks. In stead of resorting to sophomoric name calling vitriol why not improve your argument like an adult?

          • 1Myles1

            Adults with imaginary friends are mentally ill.Nothing sensible ever gets past their delusions.

          • thomas daniel

            the fool says in his heart there is no god and don’t forget free will and free will means conduct can cause problems

          • 1Myles1

            The fool whispers in his heart “there is no god” but the wise man shouts the truth from the rooftops”THERE IS NO GOD”.
            What is ” freewill that can cause problems?Does this mean some people desire to breaks the law?

          • thomas daniel

            yes they do and they do

            Subject: Re: Comment on Responding to Christians Who Oppose the Target Boycott

        • RebelWithACause

          ACTION!! Don’t meekly stop shopping at Target. I have been shopping at Target for years, and I will continue shopping, BUT no longer buy. Every 2 weeks, I would go to Target and do my grocery shopping (milk, eggs, frozen fruit, etc.) and spend about $200. Now, I still go to Target every 2 weeks, and load my shopping cart with $200 worth of groceries, then go to the cash register. After the cashier has rung up all $200 worth of groceries, instead of handing the cashier money I hand her a “note for the Manager” which states, “I am a long-time customer of Target, who will no longer spend my money in Target due to Target’s refusal to respect women’s “right to privacy” in Target’s bathrooms and dressing rooms”. I then simply walk out of the store; leaving $200 worth of “lost sales” at the cash register.
          If the one million people who signed the AFA Boycott Pledge will participate every 2 weeks in this “shop but DON’T buy” at Target campaign, it will result in more than $200,000,000 of “lost sales” for Target EVERY 2 weeks ($5.2 BILLION in “lost sales” annually). This will BANKRUPT Target…and that should be our goal, as it will send an unmistakable message to other businesses AND to the Federal government…that the “silent majority” will no longer be silent.
          To quote Patrick Henry, “Is life so precious, and peace so dear, that we would purchase them at the price of chains and slavery? Almighty God forbid it.”
          JOIN THIS MOVEMENT…and spread the word!

          • Rev. A. Craig Bracy

            Amen brother! Let’s make it clear to Target that gender neutral bathrooms are bad policy and unacceptable to common sense people! I’ve completely stopped shopping at Target too.

          • RebelWithACause

            Reverend, if you simply stop shopping at Target your voice will be ignored. Continue shopping at Target every 2 weeks, but leave your $200 worth of groceries at the cash register and hand the cashier a note for the manager. Actively demonstrate your disapproval of Target’s policy to disrespect women and girls “right to privacy” by leaving $200 worth of “lost sales” for Target EVERY two weeks. Ask your family, friends, and members of your congregation to join in defending the right to privacy for our granddaughters, daughters, and wives, and to to take a stand by demonstrating opposition to Target by LEAVING $200 worth of groceries at the Target cash register EVERY two weeks and handing the cashier a “note for the Manager” explaining why. This will make our Christian voices heard!

        • thomas daniel

          simple women in women’s restroom men in men not rocket science

          • 1Myles1

            Not all people are born in the right bodies or with the proper equipment.Shouldn’t they go to the proper toilet for them?The “T” of LGBTIQ stands for transgender people while the “I” stands for intersex people.
            Stand at the door of the toilets and check the genitals of everyone who comes if you want to prevent people from using the proper toilet for them.You will probably need medical training as well.

            Target will never change its policy because it is doing the right thing,the same as all the other big stores and thousands of cities and towns across the country.

          • thomas daniel

            not if others have to suffer because of it

            Subject: Re: Comment on Responding to Christians Who Oppose the Target Boycott

  • justfeddup

    BUMPER STICKER:
    Peds and Pervs Welcome
    Shop at Target
    You CAN expect more!

  • 1Myles1

    What toilet do you think transgender people have always been using?Target is doing the right thing and Sandy Rios and the men she hired to embarrass Target deserve only jail.
    You would think a listed hate group like the American Family Association would learn something from all their judicial run-ins.

    • Stonecold Buckwheat

      Jail? For what crime?

      • 1Myles1

        Being hired and going to women’s toilets to embarrass women and violate their privacy isn’t exactly illegal but in this case it is immoral and disgusting,so it is probably the christian thing to do.

    • Mo86

      @ 1Myles1

      “What toilet do you think transgender people have always been using?Target is doing the right thing and Sandy Rios and the men she hired to embarrass Target deserve only jail.”

      For what? For holding to the truth that males belong in the male bathroom and females belong in the female bathroom?

      “You would think a listed hate group like the American Family Association would learn something from all their judicial run-ins.”

      LOL! They are not a “hate group”. What’s hateful is people like YOU slandering them.

      Know that we will NEVER submit to your bullying. Know that!

      • 1Myles1

        Your god is an ignorant designer.A lot of people are born inter-sex or in the wrong body or are identified as the wrong sex.For anyone to use the stupidity of religion to try to stop them from using the proper toilet is really sick.
        The Southern Poverty Law Center names the A.F.A. as a hate group because they preach hate against anyone they feel doesn’t conform to their immoral standards.Read their news releases or look at their videos.That is hate.Even the F.B.I. agrees.
        While sexuality is innate and immutable, religion is artificial; i.e. NOT REAL. People can and do change their gods and their religions at the drop of a hat.
        In any case, adults with imaginary friends aren’t exactly sane.See a mental health specialist for treatment.
        By-the-way, Target has been hurt so much by the christian boycott they have been forced to open several new stores to cope with the overflow.

  • 1Myles1

    Reason and commonsense from Michel Brown?Not a chance.

    • AndRebecca

      I know all sorts of people over the years who have avoided restrooms and even P.E. classes. They don’t like doing private things in public, and the rest of us use public restrooms as a last resort as it is. Today though, we’re so advanced, there are now actually signs explaining what a toilet is for in some restrooms. And, I suppose the Founders actually meant this craziness should go on 240 years after they wrote the Constitution because craziness and criminality is a civil right- they just didn’t know it in their day, we’re more advanced…yeah right.

  • Ben

    The boy who feels like a girl is uncomfortable sharing a bathroom with a boy so he forces the girl who feels like a girl to do it instead. In the liberal book, this is somehow celebrated. But in reality, it is bigotry – discrimination against the bio-gendered.

    • thomas daniel

      I still wanna know where they keep getting bathroom rights no such animal

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