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November 14, 2005

Time To Boycott Target

-- by Dave Johnson

Target Says Its Pharmacists Can Refuse To Fill Morning After Pill Prescriptions... | The Huffington Post,

Target Corp. is defending its policy on filling prescriptions for emergency contraception after the Planned Parenthood Federation of America accused the retailer of disrespecting customers' reproductive rights.

Target allows pharmacists to choose not to fill requests for emergency contraception, also known as Plan B, if it is against their religious beliefs.


AMERICAblog: Target digs itself a deeper hole in emergency contraceptive scandal
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I already have a priest, and he doesn't work at Target, thank you.

. . . So let's ask Target if they also support the following Target employees:

    - Check out clerks who verify how fat you are before selling you that package of potato chips?
    - Pharmacists who don't want to fill prescriptions for Jewish customers who killed Christ.
    - Pharmacists who don't want to help customers who worship a "Satanic counterfeit" (read: "The Pope," in fundie-speak).
    - Pharmacists who only dispense HIV medicine to "innocent victims" of AIDS.
    - Pharmacists who want proof that women seeking emergency contraception were really raped, and that they didn't "deserve it."
    - Pharmacists (or cashiers) who are Christian Scientists - can they refuse to sell any medicine, even aspirin, to anyone?
    - Pharmacists who won't sell birth control pills to unmarried women, condoms to unmarried men, or any birth control at all because God doesn't want people spilling their seed.
    - Can fundamentalist Christian employees refuse to interact with gay people in any way, shape or form since gays are sinners, abominations, biological errors, and very likely pedophiles?

[. . .] Target can't pick and choose which civil rights it wants to grant its uber-Christian employees.

. . . Is Target now in the business of deciding, Solomon-like, which religious beliefs are valid and which are not? Sure sounds like they just did.

Digby makes some very important points here:
If the culture war is going retail, we libs have some serious clout There isn't some stupid structural impediment involved in this battle --- an electoral college or federalist system that dilutes our influence. This one's all about the numbers.

Target needs to understand that this latest is not a battle over the morning after pill, it is about birth control in general, and that the majority isn't going to stand for it.

It's time to start telling corporations that it is not their job to enforce right-wing Christianity on us. And as Digby says, this is one where we have all the power.

Posted by Dave Johnson at November 14, 2005 2:33 PM

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enforce right-wing Christianity on us

Huh? How is letting a pharmacist consider his religious beliefs in his job enforcing Christianity on you? You can still go to another pharmacist, no one is stopping you in that.

Anyway, I'm off to go shopping at Target, gotta pick up some DVDs. I might have simply ordered them from amazon, but your mentioning a ban on target made me want to shop there.

Posted by: Pericles at November 14, 2005 4:03 PM

You think pharmacies should be allowed to tell Jews to go somewhere else?

Posted by: Dave Johnson [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 14, 2005 4:28 PM

You think pharmacies should be allowed to tell Jews to go somewhere else?

Huh? Where did you get that one? No one is doing that practice. Complete red herring.

And I do believe that private businesses should be able to interact with those they choose to. Remember, it is in the constitution, the right to assemble includes the right to exclude.

Posted by: Pericles at November 14, 2005 4:35 PM

Whenever I read post like this I am glad I am 54 and not 14 or 24, Dave! And boycotting Target sounds like a good idea.

Posted by: Helga Fremlin at November 14, 2005 4:54 PM

Yes, Jews. We're talking about right-wing Christians refusing to fill birth control prescriptions. Who did you THINK they weren't filling them for? People of the same religion?

Posted by: Dave Johnson [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 14, 2005 5:27 PM

Yes, Jews. We're talking about right-wing Christians refusing to fill birth control prescriptions. Who did you THINK they weren't filling them for? People of the same religion?

Wow, that was bizarre and incomprehensible even for you, Dave. Where is your proof that this is because of Anti-semitism? In my experience, "right-wing" Christians tend to be very pro-jew

Posted by: Pericles at November 14, 2005 5:39 PM

Pharmacists are there to fill prescriptions, not to judge them or me. If any pharmacist ever tells me he isn't going to fill my prescription for any personal moral reason of his it will be the last fucking personal moral decison he ever makes. I mean it.

Posted by: richard [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 14, 2005 6:07 PM

Pericles is right. In my experience, too, they're very pro-jew, at least, until talk turns to how they killed Jesus and how they're all going to hell.

Funny how that affects people's perspectives.

Posted by: Bribes [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 14, 2005 6:10 PM

My point is that they're making a religious decision for others. They are enforcing their religion on others. Obviously Jews are going to get right-wing Christianity enforced on them, as are Buddhitst, etc.

This is entirely about enforcing right-wing stuff on the rest of us, trying to force us to conform to their code.

It's only THIS that they're doing, not enforcing the refusal to sell donuts to fat people, etc. ONLY the right-wing Christian Republican stuff.

Posted by: Dave Johnson [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 14, 2005 6:26 PM

No one's arguing that Target should force their pharmacists to give out birth control pills or day after pills on a _Constitutional_ basis.

That's pretty silly, pericles.

Posted by: Bribes [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 14, 2005 6:56 PM

If the Pharmacists don't want to fill prescriptions let the religious crackpot fuckers go get another job.

Posted by: Vinnie at November 14, 2005 7:21 PM

Target, huh?
Somebody better alert James Lileks.

Posted by: Webster Hubble Telescope at November 14, 2005 9:22 PM

The religious extremist fundamentalists are in no way pro-Jew as pericles claims. They're pro Israel, because the Bible sez that the Jews have to return to Israel before there can be a Second Coming; known to these freaks as the Rapture, which, incidentally, is not in the Bible at all. Of course they expect all those Jews in Israel to convert to their brand of radical religious fundamentalism before the Second Coming or they're gonna be sentenced to Hell at the Last Judgement. Don't ya know the Jews killed Christ? Of course they're basically anti-Semetic.

Posted by: MJ at November 15, 2005 6:27 AM

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