AFA’s #BoycottTarget Initiative Hits 1.5 Million Signatures!


No Comments

Target Still Reeling from the AFA Boycott That Began Nearly a Year Ago; CEO Admits Bathroom Policy Announcement Was a Huge Mistake

The American Family Association’s (AFA, www.afa.net) #BoycottTarget initiative has officially hit 1.5 million signatures!

Now, just days away from the one-year mark when the American Family Association boycott began, AFA President Tim Wildmon is preparing to deliver another 500,000 signatures to Target executives at the retailer’s headquarters in Minneapolis. Last spring, the first million signatures were delivered, and AFA met briefly with Target leaders, who were uninterested in changing its potentially dangerous bathroom and fitting room policy.

“The American Family Association’s Target boycott has wreaked internal havoc at Target,” Wildmon said. “Out-of-touch executives incorrectly assumed that the backlash and public relations nightmare would die down, but we can see today—with plummeting stock prices and decreased traffic in stores—that it certainly has not.

“Together with our friends and supporters, we are making an unprecedented financial impact on a corporation whose policy is to allow men to use women’s restrooms and dressing rooms,” Wildmon added. “Target’s decision is unacceptable for families, and its dangerous and misguided policy continues to put women and children in harm’s way.”

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal published a damaging story that told of the internal turmoil the policy announcement and subsequent boycott has caused at Target. According to the article, Target CEO Brian Cornell expressed frustration about how the bathroom policy was publicized without his permission or knowledge, and told colleagues he wouldn’t have approved the decision to flaunt it with a public statement that is still on Target’s website today.

“Now,” Wildmon added, “I am planning to personally return to Target headquarters in Minneapolis with an additional 500,000 names. I will discuss how Target can invite 1.5 million AFA supporters back to its stores by having a common-sense bathroom and dressing room policy that links use of these rooms to a person’s biological sex so that predators no longer have a method to prey on innocent victims.”

But boycott efforts won’t stop at the 1.5 million mark and will continue until Target changes its policy and offers a plan that keeps everyone safe. AFA is urging those concerned to the sign #BoycottTarget pledge to reach the next important threshold—2 million signatures.

  • SIGN—#BoycottTarget pledge
  • SHARE—Ask family, friends and church members to sign the pledge. One effective strategy is to voice concerns politely but firmly on Target’s Facebook page and other social media sites using #BoycottTarget.
  • VOICE concerns on Target’s Facebook page or call Target to politely let its executives know you’ve signed the #BoycottTarget pledge—Guest Relations, (800) 440-0680, option 1, then 1 again.

“As AFA has stated many times, our worries do not stem from fear of the transgender community,” added Wildmon, “but rather, from both the real and potential threat that predators and voyeurs would take advantage of the Target bathroom policy to harm women and children—and there are plenty of incidents to show that they have.”

 

Dan Celia for Townhall: Will the Air Strike in Syria Lead to Uncertainty in the Markets?


No Comments

(This post originally appeared in Townhall.com | Image from Townhall)

By Dan Celia

On August 20, 2012, then-President Barack Obama drew a line in the sand for Syria. And after that line was drawn, Syria stepped over it by using chemical weapons. President Obama did nothing—holding fast to his ideology of strength through weakness. This was just one of many ideological positions that helped President Donald Trump win the presidency, and today, we are witnessing bipartisan support for President Trump, who thankfully did not simply draw a line in the sand and reprimand Bashar al-Assad.

Some on Wall Street are indicating this move could mean uncertainty for the markets. And we all know, of course, how much markets hate uncertainty. I don’t believe this brings uncertainty at all, but rather certainty that America will use its strength and will do what is necessary for humanitarian reasons. President Trump’s actions also further strengthen the agenda of peace through strength. Continue reading…

How Target Botched Its Response to the North Carolina Bathroom Law | AFA in WSJ


No Comments

(This story originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal | April 5, 2017)

The retailer published a transgender-friendly blog post, without the CEO’s approval, prompting a customer backlash and exposing problems in stores it is now spending billions to fix

In April last year, Target Corp. TGT -1.27% published a blog post welcoming transgender employees and shoppers to use restrooms and fitting rooms corresponding with their gender identities. “Everyone deserves to feel like they belong,” read the post, which turned half of Target’s red bullseye logo into a gay-pride rainbow.

Other retailers have similar policies. But for Target, the posting of what was its long-held practice quickly became an expensive and distracting lesson about the perils of combining the web’s megaphone with touchy social issues. Continue reading… (subscription needed)

Determination Amid Distractions, Distortions and Media Deceit


No Comments

(This post originally appeared in Townhall.com | Image from Townhall)

By Dan Celia

I certainly don’t want to be so bold as to expect honest national reporting when it comes to President Donald Trump. But it is a bit frustrating when there is no coverage of what this president has achieved in just over two months in office. Indeed, it is truly mind-boggling—especially in Washington, D.C.—to keep up with the frantic pace.

On Monday, the media painted his presidency as crashing and burning, only to see this president continue to follow his instincts and do what is right for America in every way possible. Trump didn’t spend time whining, crying and complaining over what happened with his attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. Instead, he kept his nose to the grindstone.

He continued to have meetings every day in the White House and immediately turned his attention to tax reform. He even talked about his next priority—infrastructure. Then we heard from House Speaker Paul Ryan that “repeal and replace” is not yet a dead issue.

Continue reading…

Shrinking Budget


No Comments

(This post originally appeared in Townhall.com | Image from Townhall)

By Dan Celia

Every year for the past eight, I carefully examined the budgets President Barack Obama put forth to Congress. Although I knew they would never be approved, they gave me a look into his economic ideology.

It was quite apparent that President Obama truly believed in spending our way to prosperity and creating bigger government while working to gain more social control. This obviously didn’t work well for the U.S. economy.

Of course, criticism in the world of politics is very easy because it requires no work. It’s like criticizing the illegal actions of executive orders, but then doing nothing about them. This has been the mantra of the GOP for the past eight years. Continue reading…

News Behind the Interest Rate Hike


No Comments

(This post originally appeared in Townhall.com | Image from Townhall)

By Dan Celia

As expected, on Wednesday the Federal Reserve raised interest rates a quarter of a percent. The move appeared to firm up Chairperson Janet Yellen’s intentions of three rate hikes this year—meaning two more are coming. One of the main reasons the markets did so well after this hike was that many were expecting Yellen to lean toward four hikes this year, including this one. When that was not the indication, the markets rallied. Some of the factors she cited included inflation moving closer to the Fed’s target, the growth of the labor market, and the economy’s continuing advance. Continue reading…

Trump should kill the Republican proposal for ‘ObamaCare 2.0’


No Comments

(This post originally appeared on TheHill.com | Image from The Hill/Getty)

By Twila Brase
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom

On March 23, we face the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the law that made health insurance unaffordable and medical care less accessible. Republicans on the campaign trail promised to repeal the law, and Americans are counting on them to stick to their promise.

So why doesn’t GOP leadership’s proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) fully repeal ObamaCare? Republican Congressman Justin Amashrightly called it “ObamaCare 2.0.”

Voters angry over ObamaCare have given Republicans control of Congress, control of state legislatures, and new governorships over the last three elections. During the 2016 election, conservative activists and Americans of every political stripe hurt by ObamaCare’s high costs, narrow networks and limited choices used their ballots to paint America’s political map an unmistakable Republican red.

Is Republican leadership colorblind? Continue reading…

Irreconcilable Differences: Conservatives and Liberals Are Worlds Apart on Worldview


No Comments

(This post originally appeared in CNSNews.com)

By Dr. Richard Land

If it wasn’t already clear during the November election and in the months since the inauguration, conservatives and liberals have some “irreconcilable differences” when it comes to their outlook on the world, especially when it comes to who God is, the inerrancy of the Bible, the definition of success and the meaning of life.

A new study from the American Culture & Faith Institute confirms these differences with a worldview survey released just last week.

As an example, I’d point to the findings of social science researcher George Barna, who several years ago, discovered that just half of Protestant ministers in the United States had a Christian worldview. Those with the highest percentage were Southern Baptists at 70 percent, and the lowest were Methodists at 20 percent. Continue reading…

Our Nation Has Been Uniquely Blessed, Despite What Polls Say


No Comments

Regardless of religion, race, background or beliefs, we must remember our American exceptionalism

By Alex McFarland | This post originally appeared on LifeZette.com

Should you find yourself speaking at a college these days, and should you desire to watch some of the students and faculty grow red-faced with anger, I know just what you can do (actually, I’ve got firsthand experience regarding several tracks of discussion that will quickly engender such responses).

But if you’re gathering data on “Audience/Presenter alienation by the fastest possible means,” you may achieve this is by speaking up in favor of patriotism and “American exceptionalism.” Continue reading…

One People | One Destiny | One Great God


No Comments

(This op-ed originally appeared in Townhall.com; image from Townhall)

By Dan Celia

Donald Trump’s speech Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress may have been one of the greatest presidential speeches of my lifetime. Granted, I’ve only paid attention to the last nine presidents, but nonetheless, this speech was greatness personified.

It was all about the strength of the American spirit, restoring America, and a nation that needs to be about condemning hatred in all its forms. This was a speech that talked about the strength that comes from unity as a nation. Continue reading…