Costco recently roused the ire of Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach when he discovered a stack of Bibles with a ‘Fiction’ sticker at their Simi Valley, Calif. location. He told Todd Starnes of Fox News, “All the Bibles were labeled as fiction. It seemed bizarre to me.”
An affronted Kaltenbach tw**ted it:
Kaltenbach is the lead pastor at Discovery Church, a non-denominational Christian congregation located in southern California. He told Starnes, “People are pretty shocked and upset. We are supposed to be living in an era of tolerance, but what Costco did doesn’t seem too tolerant.”
A Costco representative told Starnes that there was a “human error at a warehouse,” and that it was “all fixed.” However, as of Nov. 18, Starnes reported that there was still “a boatload of Bibles in the Simi Valley store still marked as fiction.”
The labeling issue needn’t be so black and white, feels Kaltenbach. “If they don’t believe in the Bible, that’s fine – but at least label it as ‘religion’ as some bookstores do, or ‘inspiration’,” he said to Fox News.
As if there’s a difference between “religion” and “fiction”!
But, after more religious people turned this into a furor, Costco apologized yesterday (to Fox News, of course), as they’d more or less have to in this religious country:
Costco has issued an apology to Fox News, stating, “Costco’s distributor mislabeled a small percentage of the Bibles, however we take responsibility and should have caught the mistake. We are correcting this with them for future distribution. In addition, we are immediately relabeling all mislabeled Bibles. We greatly apologize for this error.”
But you can vote at the HuffPo site on how the Bible should be categorized in stores that sell books. Go weigh in! So far, it’s running on the nonbeliever side: