The Target drama rolls on and on. First up, Target has reported falling sales at Target stores, reports the Wall Street Journal. It’s the first time in two years that Target has seen such a decline in their first quarter of a year — with warnings that sales could continue to fall in the the second quarter as well. But the big online buzz surrounding Target emerged recently when a fake news site claimed that Target stores would no longer sell the Holy Bible, as reported by Snopes.
The fake story, titled “Target To Discontinue Sales of Holy Bible,” has received nearly 20,000 Facebook likes, more than 20,000 Facebook shares, and has garnered more than 220 comments in the 21 hours since the fake article was published to National Report.
Target.com still shows the Bible alive and well and selling on their website, along with plenty of Bible versions on Target’s site.
As reported by Lead Stories, the fake story about Target no longer selling the Bible gained those 20,000 or more Facebook reactions pretty quickly, with people sharing their comments on social media when they thought the article was true.
Meanwhile, YouTube continues to rack up viral videos that show people challenging Target’s policy that allows transgender people to use whichever bathroom they identify with, based on their chosen gender. The below video by “Coach Dave” has received more than 500,000 views and features a guy who doesn’t show his face, but claims that he’s guarding the Target bathroom for his daughter. Exasperated Target employees tell him that he must leave the Target store, and explain to him that he needs to contact Target headquarters.
Next up is the video titled “Mother Marches Through Target With Her Family To Protest Transgender Bathroom Policy,” which has gained more than 400,000 views since it was uploaded to YouTube on May 14.
As reported by the Washington Post, the woman marching through Target says she’s a mother of 12, and sadly appears to be holding a Bible aloft in her hand as she skips over all the Scriptures about God’s love and grace — and barrels into a diatribe about a homosexual agenda taking over the nation. The man with her who wears sunglasses screams for Target to repent, and warns that judgment is coming on Target.
Another video shows a man screaming at Target customers in Portland. The video has gained more than 155,000 views since May 2.
Unfortunately, the words of the Bible seem to be used in hateful ways in two of the above videos, with Genesis 5:2‘s “He created them male and female and blessed them” being utilized in a manner that badgers people, and doesn’t bless them. Gone is the gray area to make room for people who were born intersex (formerly termed hermaphrodites), a biological term describing people born with the reproductive organs of a man and a woman within the same body.
Gone is the love and grace and the desire to gain wisdom over why a transgender person might feel like a woman trapped in a man’s body or vice versa. In its place are shouted Scriptures and the leaps and bounds made that assume a transgender person is a pedophile.
Missing are references to the parts of the Bible that speak about everyone falling short of the glory of God, and that “works” or good behavior doesn’t save people. Not mentioned by those above telling Christians that they should be ashamed if they shop at Target are cases like that of Kelly Aldinger, a Christian educator and Sunday School music leader, who was caught having sex with a teen student in a cemetery. As reported by Heavy, Aldinger is a 49-year-old married mother.
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