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Target Responds To A Petition Asking Them To Ban The Bible: "We Don't Actually Sell The Bible"

40,000 Gamers signed a petition to the remove the bible from Target after the retailer decided to ban Grand Theft Auto V from their stores.

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The petition, which currently has over 48,000 signatures, argued that the game encouraged violence against sex workers:

This is Grand Theft Auto 5. This game means that after various sex acts, players are given options to kill women by punching her unconscious, killing with a machete, bat or guns to get their money returned.

Please Target – we appeal to you as women survivors of violence, including women who experienced violence in the sex industry, to immediately withdraw Grand Theft Auto V from sale.

Target issued a statement about the game on their website.

"We've been speaking to many customers over recent days about the game, and there is a significant level of concern about the game's content," Target general manager of corporate affairs Jim Cooper said. "We feel the decision to stop selling GTA5 is in line with the majority view of our customers."

Fans of the game were outraged and have been attacking Target on social media since the retailer made their decision.

#Gamergate @Target @Kmart I mean, if you want to lose a bit of revenue from GTA to make some feminist extremists happy...

Alex Catran@PixelTurtleMk2Follow

#Gamergate @Target @Kmart I mean, if you want to lose a bit of revenue from GTA to make some feminist extremists happy...

1:08 AM - 07 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It's redicious Gta has been removed from @target we have a classification system stopping content from being whats been claimed #GamerGate

Phil Spharx@gamingfollowerFollow

It's redicious Gta has been removed from @target we have a classification system stopping content from being whats been claimed #GamerGate

5:51 AM - 07 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"Feminists aren't trying to take your games away!" *feminists proceed to take GTA off Target shelves WELL WHICH IS IT? #gamergate

Alcario Tuzon@zemichiFollow

"Feminists aren't trying to take your games away!"
*feminists proceed to take GTA off Target shelves

WELL WHICH IS IT? #gamergate

10:18 AM - 03 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

If you buy GTAV tweet @target you receipt #GamerGate !! http://t.co/AyhnTeHhv3

The real Dark Knight@Typhoon811Follow

If you buy GTAV tweet @target you receipt #GamerGate !!

http://t.co/AyhnTeHhv3

7:21 AM - 06 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The petition argued that the bible encourages the same amount of violence against women.

It's a book that encourages readers to murder women for entertainment. The incentive is to commit sexual violence against women, then abuse or kill them to proceed or get 'god' points – and now Target are stocking it and promoting it for your Xmas stocking.

This is The Holy Bible. This book means that after various sex acts, readers are given options to kill women by stoning her unconscious, Setting them on fire, cutting off their hands, and killing their children!

The new petition has gained over 47,000 signatures. The only snag is, according to Target Australia's official Twitter account, they don't sell the bible.

@Targetaus @Kmart_Australia Withdraw The Holy Bible – over 40,000 signed! https://t.co/EUBgzdR4E0 @RockstarGames #Derp

Devon Callaway@DevonCallawayFollow

@Targetaus @Kmart_Australia Withdraw The Holy Bible – over 40,000 signed! https://t.co/EUBgzdR4E0 @RockstarGames #Derp

1:20 AM - 07 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@DevonCallaway We don't actually sell the bible at Target, that's some pretty impressive numbers though!

Target Australia@TargetausFollow

@DevonCallaway We don't actually sell the bible at Target, that's some pretty impressive numbers though!

2:29 AM - 07 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

People are now angry about Target's response, citing that they do technically sell the bible, only not as a book. They offer it on DVD.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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