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Costco Accidentally Labeled The Bible As "Fiction"

After a pastor tweeted a picture of the Bible labeled as "fiction," a lot of people freaked out. Others thought it was hilarious and appropriate. The pastor has since made amends with Costco on twitter.

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Californian pastor Caleb Kaltenbach was looking for a gift for his wife when he spotted this Bible labeled as "fiction," in a Costco.

Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of FICTION Hmmmm......

Caleb Kaltenbach

@calebwilds

Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of FICTION

Hmmmm......

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It immediately sparked furious reactions from his followers and members of his congregation.

@schneid52 @calebwilds calling historical documentation of the Love between God and Man "FICTION" is NOT NOTHIN ! IT'S INSUTING & PREJUDICE

Holly Bishop

@Southerngal1963

@schneid52 @calebwilds calling historical documentation of the Love between God and Man "FICTION" is NOT NOTHIN ! IT'S INSUTING & PREJUDICE

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@calebwilds thx for the pic! Hard to believe! The truth is stranger than fiction ;-)

julie

@pottersclay94

@calebwilds thx for the pic! Hard to believe! The truth is stranger than fiction ;-)

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very disappointed in costco stores. a bible should NEVER be in the fiction section. my faith is not "fictional" thank you. #smh

Domenica DeSantis

@dommenicaa

very disappointed in costco stores. a bible should NEVER be in the fiction section. my faith is not "fictional" thank you. #smh

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Some questioned why The Koran wasn't also in the "Fiction" section.

@calebwilds DOES Costco sell The Koran under the genre of "FICTION" I WONDER ???

Holly Bishop

@Southerngal1963

@calebwilds DOES Costco sell The Koran under the genre of "FICTION" I WONDER ???

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.@CostcoTweets Why are #Christian Bibles labeled as "Fiction" but KORANs are NOT??? http://t.co/9CwDoupndc Tell us why NOW! @Costco

David Aaron Battenâ„¢

@dmbatten

.@CostcoTweets Why are #Christian Bibles labeled as "Fiction" but KORANs are NOT???

http://t.co/9CwDoupndc

Tell us why NOW! @Costco

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Costco immediately apologized and relabeled the Bible.

Costco released a statement saying a distributor had mislabeled a "small percentage" of Bibles before sending them to the store.

"We take responsibility and should have caught the mistake. We are correcting this with them for future distribution," Costco said. All mislabeled Bibles were also immediately relabeled.

"We greatly apologize for the error," the store said.

For the record: this labeling mishap was at one Costco, and has not been reported at other stores nationwide.

Which a lot of non-religious people thought was unnecessary.

Why is Costco apologizing for putting the bible in the fiction section? Isn't that where it belongs? I'm confused

elvin

@elvinm

Why is Costco apologizing for putting the bible in the fiction section? Isn't that where it belongs? I'm confused

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I'm of the belief that the Bible is the greatest piece of fiction that exists. A triumph - the man who wrote it is a literary genius.

Lewis

@lewgopolis

I'm of the belief that the Bible is the greatest piece of fiction that exists. A triumph - the man who wrote it is a literary genius.

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@Southerngal1963 @schneid52 @calebwilds so fucking sick of religious fucks taking offence to every fucking thing, get over yourself grow up

Daniel Kofler

@DanielKofler1

@Southerngal1963 @schneid52 @calebwilds so fucking sick of religious fucks taking offence to every fucking thing, get over yourself grow up

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Honey, we're getting a @Costco membership. Costco labels Bible "fiction." One might add "appropriately" http://t.co/ixqPYfRFwl @fxnopinion

Jamie McGonnigal

@McBenefit

Honey, we're getting a @Costco membership. Costco labels Bible "fiction." One might add "appropriately" http://t.co/ixqPYfRFwl @fxnopinion

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Costco apologises for listing the bible as a fiction. Isn't that true, though?

punch me I'm gay2013

@AnimeIsHomo

Costco apologises for listing the bible as a fiction. Isn't that true, though?

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This is why humans cannot have nice things. Costco is apologizing for accurately labeling the Bible as fiction.

Anti_Intellect

@Anti_Intellect

This is why humans cannot have nice things. Costco is apologizing for accurately labeling the Bible as fiction.

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If the bible isn't under "fiction" then what is it? Mystery? Fantasy?? Erotic literature? Costco has no reason to apologize -___-

lexi

@BanginBassist

If the bible isn't under "fiction" then what is it? Mystery? Fantasy?? Erotic literature? Costco has no reason to apologize -___-

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It isn't? RT @Criticalanglez: California pastor outraged to find Bible filed under 𠆏iction’ at Costco http://t.co/vPkpIROXHv

Samuel Bronkowitz

@SamBronkowitz

It isn't? RT @Criticalanglez: California pastor outraged to find Bible filed under 𠆏iction’ at Costco http://t.co/vPkpIROXHv

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The Pastor thinks that both sides of the argument are interesting. "It’s caused a lot of controversy, it’s caused a lot of conversation, which I think is good," he said.

But Kaltenbach insists he is not angry at the store.

Just so everyone knows: I'm not outraged, angry, or stunned. I thought the label at Costco on the Bible was interesting

Caleb Kaltenbach

@calebwilds

Just so everyone knows: I'm not outraged, angry, or stunned. I thought the label at Costco on the Bible was interesting

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I'm not crusading against @Costco or anyone else. I am sorry that this has created a difficult season for them!

Caleb Kaltenbach

@calebwilds

I'm not crusading against @Costco or anyone else. I am sorry that this has created a difficult season for them!

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I believe Costco when they said it was an error. Hopefully God uses this topic to spark conversations on faith & His Word. I'm sure He will

Caleb Kaltenbach

@calebwilds

I believe Costco when they said it was an error. Hopefully God uses this topic to spark conversations on faith & His Word. I'm sure He will

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Cultural warfare over book labels casts a shadows the Gospel. Never my intent when I took a pic. I do hope discussion on God has occurred

Caleb Kaltenbach

@calebwilds

Cultural warfare over book labels casts a shadows the Gospel. Never my intent when I took a pic. I do hope discussion on God has occurred

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Turns out he even thinks Costco sets a pretty good example.

Matthew 25: God cares about how we care for our brothers & sisters in need... I'm glad #Costco is an example of that

Caleb Kaltenbach

@calebwilds

Matthew 25: God cares about how we care for our brothers & sisters in need... I'm glad #Costco is an example of that

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#Costco stands on the side of the Gospel when they pay employees a living wage & do good. Judge a tree by its fruit, not by its labels

Caleb Kaltenbach

@calebwilds

#Costco stands on the side of the Gospel when they pay employees a living wage & do good. Judge a tree by its fruit, not by its labels

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