"Target consistently ensures that prescriptions for emergency contraception are filled. As an Equal Opportunity Employer,we also are legally required to accommodate our team members' sincerely held religious beliefs as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964."The 1964 Civil Right's act prohibits employer religious discrimination in the workplace, but say's nothing about protecting employees from channeling their moral views onto customers.
Ms. Hanson goes on to say,
"In the unusual event that a Target pharmacist's sincerely held religious beliefs conflict with filling a guest's prescription for emergency contraception, Target policy requires our pharmacists to take responsibility for ensuring that the guest's prescription is filled in a timely and respectful manner. If it is not done in this manner, disciplinary action will be taken.So Target has a pharmacist who believes the emergency contraception pill is child murder(religious grounds) and refuses to fill the prescription. Target says the employee has the right under the 1964 Civil rights Act to refuse to fill the prescription. But when this happens, Target then requires the objecting pharmacist to see that the prescription is filled elsewhere, under the threat of disciplinary action, negating the religious objection. I hear the doors to the court room swinging wide open.
As if this isn't enough trouble for Target, right wing evangelistic preacher Jerry Falwell is calling for the boycott of Target stores this weekend because he says they've banned "Merry Christmas" signage through-out all of their stores. Apparently the Christian world hangs on the thread of Target's lack of 'approved' adoration!
Falwell's organization and it's allies have started the "Friend or Foe of Christmas Campaign", an effort to identify anyone who spreads what it sees as misinformation about how Christmas can be celebrated in schools and public spaces. Falwell has empowered Liberty Counsel, a conservative legal orginazation to file suit against those who restrict what Falwell sees as appropriate Christmas language and displays in the public sphere. The 750 lawyers of Liberty Counsel are being joined by 800 lawyers from the conservative Alliance Defense Fund. The Christian Educators Association will be the campaigns 'eyes and ears' in the public schools. John Ashcroft should love this. The next thing on their agenda may be abolishing the Bill of Rights.
So Target's Christmas gift may be finding out that accomodating the right wing Christian taliban on one issue doesn't protect you from their retribution on another of their edicts.
Merry Xmas, Target.
"The greatest of all faults is to be concious of none". -- Thomas Carlyle