The attorney general of Texas is raising concerns about a new policy at Target, a concern that mirrors those voiced by a family advocacy group.
In a letter obtained exclusively by Fox News, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tells the Target corporation that its liberal restroom policy "could lead to criminal and otherwise unwanted activity."
As the state's top attorney and law enforcement officer, he writes, "I ask that you provide the full text of Target's safety policies regarding the protection of women and children from those who would use the cover of Target's restroom policy for nefarious purposes."
OneNewsNow and other media outlets have reported on Target's decision last month to reannounce its liberal policy that allows men and women to use the restroom and fitting room of their choice, even if they are the opposite gender.
Just days later, American Family Association announced an online petition to boycott Target stores. The petition reached one million signers in less than a week, drawing national attention to Target's announcement that AFA said puts "inclusivity" over customer safety.
Homosexual activists have claimed the petition drive and boycott are "transphobic" among other accusations, and transgendered people are reportedly taking selfies in Target restrooms to claim people are safe.
"Our main concern is not about transgender individuals," says AFA spokesman Walker Wildmon. "Our concern is men - sexual predators specifically - who will use this bathroom policy as a disguise in order to gain access to women and children."
"Target's policy is exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims," AFA President Tim Wildmon said.
In fact, AFA included links to numerous news stories about predatory incidents at a Macy's, a women's shelter, a university, and a mall food court, among other examples.
An "Action Alert" on April 27 included two news stories of men who had been arrested at Target stores for lewd behavior, one in Missouri and the second in Texas.
According to Fox News, the attorney general wrote that Target is free to open its bathrooms to whomever it wants in the Lone Star State. But the public has a right to know how Target will ensure its customers are safe, he added.
"If we save one child from illegal or inappropriate activity, it’s worth it,” the AG told Fox News.
"I think it's great that the Texas attorney general has decided to reach out to Target and ask for clarification on their bathroom policy," says Walker Wildmon. "This is what we've been asking out of Target and hopefully this will draw a response."