Target: Continuing to Deny Natural Order … with New Transgender Bathroom Policy

By Michael Morris | April 20, 2016 | 3:49pm EDT
Target says transgender customers may use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Recent debate regarding the transgender bathroom issue has prompted Target, another well-known national player, to come out in support of “equality and equity” and to deny natural order.

“At issue are a Mississippi law that narrowly and carefully protects the rights of religious charities, small businesses and select public servants, and a North Carolina law that reasonably protects privacy and safety in public restrooms, while leaving private institutions free to set their own bathroom policies,” noted Ryan T. Anderson in a commentary from The Daily Signal. “These laws, apparently, are now unacceptable to some voices on the Left.”

On April 19, 2016, Target Corporation released a statement online with the headline “Continuing to Stand for Inclusivity,” and reiterated “a core belief” at Target – namely, that “inclusivity” is something that is celebrated.

“Inclusivity is a core belief at Target,” reads the company statement. “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.”

Echoing a statement released on September 10, 2015, where Target championed the Equality Act – a bill that “would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual orientation and gender identity, and ban discrimination in areas including employment, housing, access to credit, public education and accommodations” – the company says it wishes to “demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience” for its team members and guests.

“In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways,” notes Target. “Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”

Such policy denies natural order – natural order being the moral source from which natural law derives its authority, which encompasses the natural relations of individual beings one to another.

Later in the statement, Target attempts to reassure us that they have thoughtfully considered the implications of this alarmingly untoward policy decision.

“We regularly assess issues and consider many factors such as impact to our business, guests and team members,” reads the Target statement. “Given the specific questions these legislative proposals raised about how we manage our fitting rooms and restrooms, we felt it was important to state our position."

Target, in complete denial of natural order, then put the final touch of icing on the cake, asserting that they welcome and respect everyone.

“Everyone deserves to feel like they belong,” states the company. “And you’ll always be accepted, respected and welcomed at Target.”

Certainly sharing a restroom or fitting room facility with a gender nonconforming individual may not make everyone feel as though they are “respected and welcomed.” After this policy decision, do you feel like you “belong” at Target?

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