Buoyed by news that Target Corp. failed to meet holiday sales projections, the National Clergy Council is urging church members to continue to boycott the retail chain because it barred Salvation Army bell ringers during the Christmas season.

As WorldNetDaily reported in December, 5,000 Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox and Protestant clergy members and 30,000 lay delegates in all 50 states called on congregations, organizations, family, friends and associates to suspend holiday shopping at Target stores.

The council’s president, Rev. Rob Schenck, said he is encouraged by news that Target cut fourth-quarter earnings projections.

Reuters reported Target Corp. stock “fell almost 4 percent to $49.41 after the discount retailer said it expects fourth-quarter profit to fall short of the average Wall Street estimate after increased promotional sales in December.”

Schenck said the boycott will continue.

“This is not about being vindictive,” he said in a statement. “It’s about teaching proper moral and civic responsibility to corporations that make bad public policy decisions. This isn’t personal, unless, of course, you’re talking about the personal injury Target is doing to the poor who are helped by one of America’s oldest, most reputable and most effective charities.”

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