The holy-rollin' fun never stops!
If ever you need a first-hand glimpse into how the religious right works, this e-mail is a pretty good start. Spotting all of the tricks used in this letter would make a pretty good drinking game, if it takes that sort of thing for you to get through life (miserable bastard)...
I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving.
Sad to say, if Target stores refuse to reverse their policy, thousands poor and needy will not have a very happy Christmas. Why? Because Target stores nationwide have banned the Salvation Army's red kettle campaign. They have told The Salvation Army's bell ringers, "You're no longer welcome here."
Target spokesperson Jennifer Hanson said that allowing the Salvation Army to collect funds as a mission of hope for the hungry, the homebound, and the helpless would violate their 'no solicitation' policy.
Target's new policy is opposite of that with community-minded giants like Wal-Mart, J.C. Penney's, and Big Lots. They believe the Salvation Army serves a critical need by offering kindness to a family in need.
"Last year, bell ringers raised about $8.8 million nationally outside Target stores," Major George Hood, Community Relations Secretary for the Salvation Army U.S.A.
Target's change adds pressure on the charity as it faces budget cuts from other sources and an increasing demand for services.
"We're going to lose 112 days of food service for the hungry because of [Target's] decision," Russ Russell, Salvation Army executive director for development told The Detroit News.
Because of Target's decision 6,000 people, including children, will be forced to go elsewhere to find help.
Please take this action [mindless sheep]:
Tell Target that you will be doing your Christmas shopping this year at Wal-Mart, J.C. Penny's, Big Lots or another store which cares about the poor and homeless. We know Target will block emails through the OneMillionDads email system, so your individual action is critical.
1. Call Target customer service toll-free at 1-800-440-0680, option 2, then option 2 at the next prompt.
2. Call your local Target store and speak with the manager. You can find the number in your local phone book, or through their Online Store Locator.
3. Here is additional contact information for Target:
Chairman Robert J. Ulrich
1000 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
4. Finally, please forward this to your family and friends.
Thanks for caring.
Donald E. Wildmon, Chairman
I checked this one out, and the reason that Target stopped allowing the Salvation Army to ring its bells at the door is because of the inundation of non-profits that stormed Target wanting to do the same thing. I'd be willing to bet that a lot of these "non-profits" were groups just like Wildmon's. Groups like the above pitch fits about their Constitutional rights if they are banned from harassing people in public places; rather than deal with them, legislatures and companies are instead rolling back the rules to allow nobody to do anything.
It's for this precise reason that Louisiana drivers can no longer get specialty plates. Rather than face the shitstorm that came after a judge struck down the pro-life license plate, the DMV decided that they weren't going to allow ANY special plates anymore. This happened very recently, and I fear that it represents the direction of the immediate future. (What did I tell you?) Which, of course, is exactly what the holy rollers want; either they get their way, or everything else gets suppressed so that they don't feel singled out. Either way, they win.