| Over the past few weeks, Boycott Watch has received
several requests to post something in support of a boycott of Target. While we
have written about Target in the
nicely, this boycott call needs to be exposed for what it is - fraud.
According to the
call , Target gives money to a group that support Minnesota gubernatorial
candidate Tom Emmer, who likes a
band which wants to kill gay people. In other words, it's five degrees of
separation. According to the "six degrees of separation" theory, of
which a movie it based, anyone can be linked to anyone in the world at six
degrees or less, and in this case it is only five degrees for Emmer and target
are based in the same state. With that, anyone can be linked to anyone, and
that is what we have here. Degrees of separation are not proofs of intent or
ideology; if it were, one could claim Presidents Bush and Obama share the same
policies because they are directly linked, and that is patently ridiculous.
Fred Taub, President of Boycott Watch called the Emmer
Campaign and asked about the claim that he believes in the death penalty for
gay people as called for in the sign in the article, and we were told, in
essence, that Emmer is pro-life for everyone and that the claims were
ridiculous. That claim, of course, was extended back two degrees to Target
which is the subject of the boycott call. The claim against Target, therefore,
is also false.
"People are not stupid. When someone makes a blatantly
false boycott claim, it hurts the people who make the false claim. In this
case, it's a lie based on another lie. If people do not like a political
candidate, they should be honest about what they do not like" said Fred
Taub. "Besides, this is all party politics. Emmer is the endorsed
Republican candidate and that appears to be enough to trigger false attacks. I
am disappointed that the LGBT community first has to make things up about a
candidate and others in that community have yet to speak out against the
blatant lies in their name. To me, this speaks more about the integrity of the
LGBT community than Emmer."