Atheist protesters have signed a petition urging that Target and K-Mart ban the Bible after the popular retail companies decided to remove the popular 'GTA 5' game from their respective stores in Australia.
The dissatisfied protesters created a "Withdraw The Holy Bible" petition because they claim that "[the] sickening book encourages readers to commit sexual violence and kill women." This group is extremely furious that the violent open world, action-adventure Rockstar game was being pulled from stores in the "Land Down Under."
"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," according to the Change.org petition that was signed by at least 51,000 Anti-Christian devotees.
"One of many fan passages on In The Holy Bible depicts a woman being set afire for having sex. 'And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.' (Leviticus 21:9) ... We have beaten the original petition and so I think it's time to declare victory, I will be sending the petition to both Target and Target Australia...There really has been an overwhelming response. Thanks for all your signatures."
However, Target Australia claimed they do not sell any religious books at their stores including the Bible, as the retail chain stands behind its recent blockbuster decision.
"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," said Target Corporate Affairs General Manager Jim Cooper, according to a Christian Today report.
"We've also had customer feedback in support of us selling the game, and we respect their perspective on the issue. However, we feel the decision to stop selling 'GTA 5' is in line with the majority view of our customers."
Recently, Target Australia and Kmart announced they will remove 'GTA 5' after three women (Nicole, Claire, and Kat) went on Change.org petition and created a successful "Target: Withdraw Grand Theft Auto 5" petition calling for the game to be removed from stores immediately .
The women claimed that the "sickening game encourages players to commit sexual violence and kill women."
According to the petition, the women stated 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," according to the Change.org petition.
"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."
The newest 'GTA 5' version arrived in stores for the PS4 and Xbox One on November 18, and the PC version will be released on January 27, 2015.