"[...] However, I will now simply accompany my kids into
the main restroom when we're at Target because IF they ever came
across a man in the women's restroom, they would be confused.
And let's be honest, they might be a little scared. Because they
aren't used to seeing a man in the women's restroom.
"[...] But what if they did see a
transgendered person in the restroom? Would the world really
end? No. Because I would then have the opportunity to explain
to my children, who don't have any choice but to grow up in this
messy world, that there are some people who feel like they are
different and like they don't belong anywhere. We could talk
about what Jesus would do and how He would expect us to love them
and how we would feel if we didn't belong anywhere."
Jaci Lambert, a straight, conservative preacher's wife,
"Target Bathrooms and the Straight, Conservative Preacher's
[There are some places in this piece
where I find her phrasing unfortunate (like with pronouns, to
start with ... *sigh*) and I'm not sure how accurately she'd wind
up explaining trans people to her kids, but it sounds like her
heart is in the right place; she just doesn't have "out" trans
people around her for most of this to have come up in
conversations with people who know the subject well yet.]
"But do you really think this boycott is going to grow your
church next Sunday. Do you think this display of 'Jesus' is
going to make the lost think 'Oh yes, I want what they have.
They are such a loving bunch.' I don't think so. Maybe
continuing to shop at Target isn't about laying down to the left
but about responding differently to those who are different.
Instead of a boycott couldn't they know us by our love? Wouldn't
that be a different, BETTER way to handle this situation, an
unexpected response? [...] Jesus specifically said in John 13
that 'they' would know we were His by our love for each other.
You don't really think He intended that we exclude 'them' from
that love, do you? He never said they would know us by our
boycotts, by your stubborn stance for policy and procedure.
Somehow that sounds a whole lot like the Pharisees He fought
against, not the messy people with whom he purposely spent His
time." -- ibid.