Target has been under attack lately for its liberal restroom policy but the corporation has never hidden its support for left-wing causes.
Target boasts about its so-called Corporate Equality Index from homosexual lobbying group Human Rights Campaign, notes family advocate Peter LaBarbera.
LaBarbera, who battles HRC with his organization Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, says the CEI ranks companies according to their support of homosexual-rights issues.
Target has a CEI rating of 100, the highest possible.
"But it's completely rigged," LaBarbera says. "If a company like Target gives money to the American Family Association, they would lose points on the Corporate Quality Index. If they give money to a pro-homosexual group like Human Rights Campaign, they would get points."
Target and the American Family Association have tangled in recent weeks, when Target announced it was restating its store policy that allows the transgendered to use the restroom and fitting room of their choice.
But the liberal policy also allows any man – transgender or not – to enter the women's restroom, AFA warned last month. The ministry announced a boycott of Target, its first in recent years, and asked people to sign an online petition to urge the retailer to drop the policy.
The petition topped a million signatures within seven days.
AFA President Tim Wildmon met with Target executives last week in the corporation's Minneapolis headquarters, where he delivered the petitions and urged Target to drop its policy to better protect women and girls.
The corporation refused, Wildmon announced afterward.
While the controversial restroom policy has made national headlines in recent weeks, Target made headlines last summer when it announced its stores were dropping "gender-based signage," including dropping "Boys" and "Girls" from its toy aisles.
LaBarbera also notes that Target supports the Equality Act, a left-wing bill supported by HRC and other homosexual-rights groups that is currently stalled in the Republican-controlled Congress.
LaBarbera says the legislation should be nicknamed the "Criminalizing Christianity Act."
"Because that's exactly what it would do," he warns. "It would be a massive sledgehammer for the federal government and homosexual lawyers to come against small businesses, or anybody who comes out against homosexual so-called marriage, or transgender bathrooms, or other aspects of the gay and transgender agenda."
American Family Association is the parent organization of American Family News, which includes news website OneNewsNow.