December 6, 2007, - 1:39 am

Target’s Animal Farm: Christians Less Equal Than Muslims @ Bull’s Eye Retailer

By Debbie Schlussel

All animals are created equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

That’s what George Orwell wrote in his 1945 novella, “Animal Farm.”
And so it goes in 2007 at Target.
The retail giant employs Muslims and Christians (and those of many other religions). But the former is far more equal than the latter at the home of Isaac Mizrahi cheap chic and Archer Farms foods.

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Earlier this year, when Muslim cashiers decided to refuse to ring up pork and pepperoni pizza at the checkout lane, Target allowed this to go on. The retailer insisted that it respect and accommodate the extreme religious beliefs of its Muslim employees despite the cost and hassle to the customer and the retailer. The practice held up lines and required double teams of cashiers to keep up with the Muslims do-and-don’t lists of scanning and ringing up items. And the practice is ongoing.
But that was then (for Muslims). This is now (for Christians). And now, Brian Bundy of Swartz Creek, Michigan, is gone from his job at Target. He was fired because, unlike its Muslim employees, Target would not accommodate his Christian religious beliefs. That’s even though–unlike the Muslim cashiers–Bundy informed Target of his beliefs before he was hired by Target Corporation. And Target assured him they would accommodate him.
Bundy is a pharmacist. It is against his religious beliefs to fill prescriptions for the “morning after” pill a/k/a “Plan B,” which is used to terminate pregnancy in the 72 hours after unprotected sex. When he was hired by Target, the retailer told him that he could refer those who wanted the drug to another pharmacy.
But since then, Target changed its tune. At the time, the drug was not available over the counter. Now, it is, and Bundy did not want to dispense it. Target insisted he provide it to over-the-counter customers. He balked. Instead of accommodating Bundy’s religious beliefs like it did with Muslims who won’t ring up pig products, Target fired him. Target’s rationale: It’s bad for business. Customers won’t put up with it, and Target will lose money.
I am not saying I agree with Bundy’s beliefs. But whether or not you agree with Bundy’s beliefs–and many Christians do not–is not the issue. Many Muslims claim they do not agree with the mostly-Somali Muslim cashiers who would not ring up pork and other pig products. In fact, in Muslim-owned gas stations all over Detroit, Muslims sell pig products–even though profiting from that is against Islamic law–to make a buck. The issue is that Target is saying “We will accommodate Muslims and their demands, but we will not do the same for Christians.”
If Target fired Bundy–and it did–it must also fire its Muslims cashiers. Or it must rehire Bundy and give him back pay. But at Target there is no equality of religious faiths. One is “more equal” than all others. And it’s Islam.
And therein lies the problem. How many customers stopped shopping at Target over the Islamic cashiers and their Sharia checkout lanes? How many continue to express their anger to Target over the Muslim indignance once it’s time to ring up? Not enough, because instead of patronizing its customers, Target kowtowed to its strident Muslim employee population and still does. Target probably lost very little in its bottom line as a result of making you wait while another cashier is found to ring up your bacon. When Muslim customers (and moreso fake “customers” generated by militant groups like CAIR) are angry, businesses never hear the end of it.
Now, Bundy is suing Target. He was hired in April 2006 and fired seven months later for his religious beliefs. Target responds that,while it values the “diversity” of its pharmacists and their religious beliefs,

We have an obligation to meet the needs of the guests we serve . . . particularly when it comes to their health care needs.

But what about the needs of the guests Target serves after they’ve been waiting in a long line, and they suddenly discover they must wait again, while an employee is found to ring up their dinner?
Is meeting a Target customer’s immediate hunger needs less important than making sure they kill all life after a night of unprotected sex?
Who’s to say? Different Target customer’s have different needs. And Target is saying one set of religious beliefs–the ones of the 19 hijackers who murdered over 3,000 Americans . . . and their fellow co-religionists who’ve murdered so very many more–are more important than another set of religious beliefs.
That’s nothing short of religious discrimination, and it violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964, by failing to make reasonable accommodations for Bundy’s religious beliefs. Why accomodate the Muslims’ religious beliefs and not his? Why are they more important to Target?
This isn’t the first time Target’s picking on Christians while pandering to Muslims. In 2005, it forbade the use of “Merry Christmas” by cashiers. That policy changed because customers got angry and it was covered in mainstream media outlets, like the Wall Street Journal, giving Target a black eye. But Target also banned the Salvation Army (a Christian charity) from raising money for the poor outside its stores during the holiday season. That policy remains unchanged, though Target is now selling a gift package few will buy, the proceeds of which will go to the Salvation Army.
The bottom line is that Target will accomodate Muslim beliefs no matter how extreme, but not Christian ones.
George Orwell’s prescient pronouncement lives on 62 years later in the checkout lane at Target. And Islam is the “most equal” and revered animal of them all, all because they attacked us and we must bend over to make up for . . . them attacking us?!
The more you shop at Target and keep your disapproval to yourself, the more it will go on. And get worse.
The Salvation Army and Brian Bundy, first. You, sometime soon.
Think about that when you decide where to drop your holiday–and everyday–spending cash.

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19 Responses

Unless I’m missing some important info here, Muslim cashiers who won’t scan pork products and Christian pharmacists who refuse to sell birth control products including the morning after pill should be disciplined or fired by Target. There should be no double standard! Accommodation of a worker’s religious beliefs should not be at the customer’s expense.

Norman Blitzer on December 6, 2007 at 3:24 am

Norman–
One of the rare times I agree with you.
Catholics have the virtue of prudence, and this is used to “test” various situations.
While a Catholic physician should (and they do) refuse to perform an abortion, following the tail of beliefs can get a bit ridiculous.
Should a Christian work in a porno book store? Perhaps not. Should he work in a mainstream bookstore that may sell objectionable (to him) material–no problem.
Should he refuse to ring up certain items? I think not. In justice, he must give good effort to his employer. If he is really that upset about it, he should find another job.
Thus, in Target situation, if by their over-the-top definitions, they are being forced into an occasion of sin, then these employees must leave. To demand special treatment is an affront against justice, and for Target to kowtow to the Muslims is even worse.
On a purely secular level, they were idiots to do this, since it created a horrific precedent.
Thus, we have “diversity” in America: PC accommodations to absurd and exotic demands, betryaing nothing less than self-hatred chic.

Red Ryder on December 6, 2007 at 8:23 am

I believe that Target should never have hired Brian Bundy in the first place. If he will not perform the the job that he was trained to do, he should find another career. It’s not like birth control products are something new to the world. Condoms have been around for more than two thousand years.
That said, any one who allows their religious beliefs to interfere with the job that they were hired to do, should be fired or, if available, moved to a position that is not in conflict with their beliefs. We cannot tolerate radical religious beliefs that interfere in the lives of us who do not believe.
If you want to follow your principles to the letter of your religion, go and form a commune or some such group and segregate yourself from normal society. You cannot have it both ways.
[BH: I AGREE. BUT I LEFT OUT THE FACT THAT WHEN HE WAS HIRED THE DRUG WAS NOT AVAILABLE OVER THE COUNTER. THEN, IT BECAME SO, AFTER HE WAS HIRED. THAT COMES INTO PLAY HERE. SO, I’VE ADDED THAT TO THE PIECE TO CLARIFY. DS]

bobham on December 6, 2007 at 9:08 am

(afaik),
the morning after pill and abortion in general,
is forbidden to Muslims too,
but *is* dispensed in Muslim owned pharmacies the same as pork products, porn, and condoms are sold in Muslim owned newsstands
the issue here is that this is simply an exercise of Muslim arrogance and intolerance when it doesn’t affect Muslim businesses
so the cashiers make a point of not selling products they don’t feel like selling,
although their close and just as fanatical relatives sell the same products when the businesses are their own
maybe Target should hire Muslim pharmacists,
and then if they refuse to sell the pill, and don’t get fired,
then Brian Bundy can get a nice amount of money from Target …

exdemexlib on December 6, 2007 at 9:39 am

Thanks for this valuable piece of information. I was about to buy a gift at Target-hearing this I will take my business elsewhere and I plan to let Target know it, too. Not shopping at Target will be inconvenient but hitting them in their pocket book will perhaps send a message this important time of year. I will encourage others to do the same.

Yankee Doodle on December 6, 2007 at 10:45 am

I think he should get a nice chunk of bank anyway without hiring muslim pharmacists. The fact remains that he advised Target of his religious beliefs and they hired him anyway. As DS pointed out, when he was hired, the pill wasn’t available but, once it was, now that becomes a point of contention? Not so…if that’s the case, why hire any muslims in the first place, knowing that Target sells pork products? I’d bet their response would be something along the lines that they “didn’t know pork was a forbidden item in muslim beliefs” or something else equally absurd.
I’m over all this pandering to the whiny little malcontents. It serves no purpose other than do further undermine the integrity of this country.

1shot1kill on December 6, 2007 at 10:46 am

ExdemExlib is Excellent!
“The issue here is that this is simply an exercise of muslim arrogance and intolerance when it doesn’t affect muslim businesses”.
The muslims merely want to make a statement to harrass us, to make us be mindful of them every time we want to say something in public for fear that they will blow up our car! It’s political not religious and exdemexlib has hit the nail on the head! Why do we put up with such crap from a religion of murderers founded by a murderer?
But then again I guess we should expect no less from a nation of abortionists…. BTW I think when Americans read the word “abortionists” they thought the word “abolishtionists” was only mispelled. Maybe that’s why liberals voted in favor of it. This whole thing sure shows you how confused liberal Americans really are!
What’s next? Support for a new religion from Hugo Chavez, “CathOILism”, whose house of whoreship is at another fine retailer “Citgo”.
Americans “Wake Up!” Make your own political statement! You can say something about this by NOT buying from these retailers!

LAMadDog on December 6, 2007 at 11:06 am

Somebody call Chuck Norris!

TheOmegaMan on December 6, 2007 at 11:25 am

Obviuosly, Target wants to cater to the muslim trade. I, for one, no longer shop there as the cashier lines are now longer and they are prejudiced against Christians. It’s hard to say whether prefering muslim shoppers will have an affect on their sales, as Americans this time of year have their heads up their behinds trying to do many things at the same time. In the long run tho, as people realize the prejudices of Target, their sales will be affected and they will regret their decision to crap on non-muslims. I’m sure they will do fine in islamic neighborhoods and when the country gets dhimmified, Heaven forbid!

countywolf on December 6, 2007 at 12:05 pm

Wanna know why more muslims work at target? To give their sharia law something to…aim for.
Oi…bad joke.
But yeah, I never stepped foot in a target in my life, and it looks like it’ll stay that way after reading this story.

Squirrel3D on December 6, 2007 at 12:22 pm

LATEST UPDATE: The giant Minneapolis area retailer has begun installing minarets for prayer calls in an effort to reach out to and accommodate its “diverse” employee makeup. Prayer rugs have also been installed next to all cashier’s stands. The retailer will be closed categorically 5 times a day during the prayers. Finally, a beheading stand has been erected at the end of each checkout, near the bagging area, for infidels buying non-halal meats and pork products. The floor area has also been converted to dirt, so that non-veiled women may be buried and stoned to death.

JasonBourne81 on December 6, 2007 at 12:27 pm

The insane way to handle this is to simply have your Christian groups go to this Target, fill their shopping cart with goods along with some pork products, and go to the checkout. As the Muslims checkout clerks refuse to ring up the pork, Say fine, where is the manager, when the manager comes over, simply say you refuse to shop at such a discriminating place and leave the items at the checkout stand for Target to put away. Make sure you have perishable goods in your cart. Wish the manager a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah, smile and leave. :-)

InsanePsychotic on December 6, 2007 at 5:25 pm

InsanePsychotic, you are brilliant!
Other harassing games would be to buy one small item and offer Target a $100 bill, or get the pennies out of your 1 cent jar and pay for your week’s groceries that way. Let’s see, that’s $68.17, please. Sure, here you go, 6,817 cents in legal tender.
The longer we put up with these Mindless Muslims, the worse it’s going to get. And don’t say you weren’t warned.
Target didn’t use common sense. It should neither have employed Bundy nor any Muslim. The requirement of every job should be made plain to all applicants. If any applicant has any objection, he/she should make that known at their job interview.
Target is clearly at fault here! I too will not patronize them anymore.
Religion, the scourge of mankind!

nick4693 on December 6, 2007 at 9:50 pm

“Religion, the scourge of mankind!”
The scary thing is, there are people on this board who probably really believe this.

DocLiberty on December 6, 2007 at 10:33 pm

Target still doesn’t use the word “Christmas” in its ads. What do they think those big green trees are for? They can’t use a certain word, but they can accommodate Muslim agitprop?!

PJ on December 6, 2007 at 11:21 pm

I usually don’t like this Debbie Schlussel, but this story has a real point to make. (Of course its decorated with the usual ad hominem and exaggerations.) BUT I agree with the main point that Ms Schlussel is making on this story.Target should not accommodate one religion more than another.

farazharoon on December 7, 2007 at 4:39 am

I do not agree with Bundy’s beliefs (and think both groups should be fired if they can’t do their job), but I do support that he (Bundy) is the victim of a mean double standard and in that sense hope that he wins this lawsuit.
I hope this nonsense is limited to the Detroit area.

hairymon on December 8, 2007 at 8:43 am

Debbie,
I’m a Target shopper, and I like it a lot more than Shlock-Mart, which I avoid. My Target has a Muslim cashier who wears a head scarf. I always avoid her line, and I don’t like being near people wearing Muslim garb in public. I also drift away from certain minorities. It’s not that I’m a hater; I assign it to my Jewish survival genes, which have been amplified over thousands of years.

Anonymous1 on December 8, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    Hey anonymous! It is wonderful ppl like you who make the world such a wonderful place!! You keep avoiding those who are better than u.:)

    Angel Face on September 8, 2010 at 10:50 am

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