Target Corp. is adding its name to a legal defense of gay marriage, joining other large companies that are taking a stand, just four years after the retailer came under criticism for supporting a strident opponent of same-sex unions.
Target said it has signed a court brief backing marriage equality in a pending court case and publicly declared its support of gay marriage, a move similar to those taken by Starbucks, Intel and Apple.
"It is our belief that everyone should be treated equally under the law, and that includes rights we believe individuals should have related to marriage," Target Executive Vice President of Human Resources Jodee Kozlak wrote on the company's blog.
Target has come under fire in the past from gay rights activists who threatened boycotts after the retailer â€” along with Best Buy and 3M â€” donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to an organization that supported...
SC, you have that right! My Mom says the same thing often.
s c wrote: This is so predictable. It seems the only sexual perversion which Christians are still sensitive to is the one which the media and store owners know pushes their button (the homosexual issue)...guaranteed publicity...front page news-not bad for business. The homosexual agenda is here and is not going anywhere. We're under judgment by ,essentially, the very same thing which we have chosen to wink at in the past...for a very long time, I might add: sexual immorality. Where were we when stores openly lined their shelves with magazines/posters/calendars of lustful images of women? What about the underwear sections in stores- posters galore. Too little concern, too late. We need to repent.
Pray tell, "yes", I did but please note that I do include myself in the equation as I use "we". I'm sure that I could have done more and,of course,I wasn't always saved. I do wish that our society hadn't been so lax when it comes to morality. Lowering standards will always be detrimental,especially when it comes to the generation to follow. My lament is not one of self-righteousness but of genuine concern. If we're honest, we've all been lax. We just shouldn't be so surprised when this country is dissolving. We've been watching it and our media do it for quite awhile. Sadly, many of us have probably enjoyed it as well. We have a country that entertains itself to death, literally.
s c wrote: Pen, I don't disagree with you when it comes to the issue of homosexuality but I would take you to task when you say that "T" has no raunchy images. Maybe things have recently changed or we are so used to seeing them that we have become desensitized, but I can recall walking into the store past the jewelry section and the clothes and seeing huge photos of women in their lingerie by the undergarment section..and "no", one never had to actually go into that section to see them. I'm sure that they caught the eye of many unsuspecting little ones.And,of course, the publications/tabloids by the cash register. We've been very lax in this area and now we are reaping the consequences.
Did you complain to the manager at the Target? Did you write a letter to the parent company? Did you write similar letters to other stores that do the same? Did you go home and confess your sins for being lax in this area? Have you asked forgiveness for the way people dress at beaches? No need to answer, just trying to get you to think
Pen, I don't disagree with you when it comes to the issue of homosexuality but I would take you to task when you say that "T" has no raunchy images. Maybe things have recently changed or we are so used to seeing them that we have become desensitized, but I can recall walking into the store past the jewelry section and the clothes and seeing huge photos of women in their lingerie by the undergarment section..and "no", one never had to actually go into that section to see them. I'm sure that they caught the eye of many unsuspecting little ones.And,of course, the publications/tabloids by the cash register. We've been very lax in this area and now we are reaping the consequences.
no sc, I don't think any of us have to back peddle. in the case of T, you can go into one and not have raunchy images being pushed at the children. now if they have gay couples that will be raunchy images...
and why should the opinion of families matter? because children come from a male-female relationship and therefore the children are of marriages, be they recognized or not. that is normal human procreation, if they like it or not.
yes, the church has compromised in the past, but most of this has been a system of federalizing that forced it upon the nation. that is to say, a community is against it, the many "its", but due to federal law or megacorporation statute, no matter how the fathers of a city felt, they no longer had a say.
homosexuality is not a "hot button" like, "oh the Christians are too sensitive".
its a hot button because the federal gov is making it a "right", and therefore Christians are facing losing their businesses and jobs, and at some point pastors will be required to ax the book of romans as antigay, to hire a transvestite to watch the babies, the atheist reformation.
this is chaos being let loose into society. so few having the guts to say anything, what is this spirit constantly slams Christians who call evil out?
Unprofitable, I appreciate your comments. I just think that if Christians are going to take a stand against homosexuality then they need to be consistent and take one against hetero immodesty/immorality. I do see that if Christians did so,however, people would be wondering why they waited so long. My comments are in no way necessarily reflective of SA. I am speaking generally as homosexuality is the hot button for Christians now. I still think that compromise begets greater compromise. The battle is lost. If it proves later that I was wrong, I will pleasantly stand corrected.
There are far more people who call themselves Christian and if those people stood up and did not shop with business who promote unbiblical views, then they would have to close. We are a mighty army, but we are allowing a small percentage of people tell us what we have to accept! Stand up and be counted...don't shop at Target!
s c wrote: Unprofitable, I was merely suggesting that if Christians had been as riled by the objectification of women used in virtually every area of culture ...
sc, just trying to understand. You are spending time regretting past failures but not rejoicing in present faithfulness. Are you saying that because, as you see it, we have dropped the ball previously we shouldn't disdain the bad presently? It seems that if you lament silence you would love speaking out.
I found over 200 sermons on this site dealing with modest (immodesty) and porn. The number more than doubled when I searched for pure heart. Over 500 dealing with culture, another 500+ on the topic of immorality, and over 500 on sexual sins. Several on girls and modesty. I sure don't see that this topic is being swept under the rug, tolerated or ignored. All the churches in which I have been privileged to serve have spoken against both immodesty and immorality.
I appreciate your stance against immodesty, the fact that you listen to and comment on sermons here and you obvious knowledge of the Bible. God blessings to you.
Unprofitable, I was merely suggesting that if Christians had been as riled by the objectification of women used in virtually every area of culture as they are by the homosexual agenda, then we probably wouldn't be in the position that we now find ourselves. The spreading homosexual agenda is just the natural and expected progression of a society which compromises.
Thanks for your response sc, but it leaves me wondering,why the accusation? Where did I say these things should not offend us? When I read over my response I see the following sentence, "It should grieve us when we see the ungodly practices that permeate our society." Can you explain how "my line of reasoning" warrants such a statement from you?
You said we need to repent due to the godless actions of secular society, if that is not what you were saying my apologies. I was simply trying to say we are not responsible for the moral decay of the unsaved. The Bible says there is no fear of God before their eyes and that they are blinded to spiritual truth. I rejoice when they make moral choices (Romans 2:14,15) but don't expect that will normally happen. (Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-18)
Your lamentation was that the Christian community is upset about homosexuality (a group trying to force their beliefs as the norm upon us and silence our voice, not something that can be said of the publishers of immoral magazines, calendars, or posters) but we accept other areas of immorality. My response was that we are not responsible for their actions and my experience with churches was not one of overlooking immoral behavior or immodest apparel. Maybe that is not your experience.
Unprofitable wrote: ".. not really sure why we need to repent because a secular store is acting like a secular store." Following your line of reasoning, I would suggest that you not be offended when "secular stores act like secular stores" when they embrace homosexuality then.
sc, not really sure why we need to repent because a secular store is acting like a secular store. Where in the book of Genesis do you see God calling out the righteous and rebuking them for a world in which every imagination of the heart was only evil continually? I don't know what type of church you attend but everyone I have been in has preached against sexual immorality and encouraged modesty by its members. I haven't seen any of the people who post here have a lackadaisical attitude toward it have you?
It should grieve us when we see the ungodly practices that permeate our society. We are told not to love the world or befriend it and are commanded to walk righteously, holy, and justly in it. What I don't see are any verses telling us to take the blame for the ungodly acting ungodly.
So, help me out here, why are we responsible for the way secular media chooses to advertise their product? The morals of our society have gone downhill, but does not Scripture say in the last days things will become worse. (II Timothy 3:12) Did not our Lord say it would be marked by the exact same attitude of the days of Noah that I cited in my first paragraph?
Repentance and mourning for our offenses is needed, also crying out for the grace of personal mortification of our sins. OOC