Target and Salvation Army
Recently, I stumbled across a blog entry talking about how Target is not allowing the Salvation Army to ask for donations on their property. Hugh Hewitt writes about it here, and points to an article at Boston.com about this. Other conservative bloggers have also picked up on this.
Last month, a Target opened up in our town. I don’t like shopping. My wife does the shopping for the family. She loves target. She hates Walmart. Is some of this political? Perhaps. So, I thought I would dig a little deeper.
It is worth noting Hugh Hewitt is a nationally syndicated right wing talk show host. It appears as if the conservatives hate Target almost as much as the liberals hate Walmart.
Hewitt attacks Target in is blog entry and on his radio show, but he skips over other facts. The Boston.com article starts off with, “a growing number of retailers, from Best Buy to Target, are banning Salvation Army bell ringers from their doors -- to avoid having to choose between competing charities and out of concern for customers, they say.”
It goes on to state that even the darling of the right and bane of the left, Walmart, limits Salvation Army to “only a total of 14 calendar days, and for no more than three days in a row”.
Digging a little deeper, one comes to the false urban legend that Target does not support veterans.. Snopes also points to Forbes article that lists Target as a top philanthropic donor.
I have mixed feelings about Salvation Army not being at Targets. People have pointed out the strong anti-gay agenda of Salvation Army, as noted in this Washington Post article. However, Salvation Army does do some good as well.
In the end, it appears as if the call by certain right wing commentators for people to boycott Target isn’t about philanthropy or love of one’s neighbor but about ideology.