Costco has apologized to all of God's creatures for selling Bibles labeled "fiction," chalking it up to a mistake made by a distributor, who, unlike Jesus, was not infallible.
The error wasn't caught until last Friday, when a pastor (who also tweeted that he believes there was a second shooter in the Kennedy assassination) posted a photo of one of the offending Bibles:
Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of FICTION Hmmmm...... pic.twitter.com/mLZVogkSfd— Caleb Kaltenbach (@calebwilds) November 15, 2013
Hmmmm indeed! The tweet drew predictable reactions from both sides of the argument and word spread (helped along somewhat by Kaltenbach calling Fox News contributor Todd Starnes to tell him about it), culminating in Kaltenbach having to talk to Elisabeth Hasselbeck in a special Fox & Friends "The Fight for Faith" segment:
In the end, Costco blamed an unnamed distributor, saying in a statement:
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. We greatly apologize for the error.
And Costco representative Dusty Groves told ABC7:
Our CEO, he's a devout Catholic. He obviously loves the Lord. This isn't something that he is purposely trying to do. It was a mistake.
Hallelujah! All is forgiven:
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) November 21, 2013
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) November 21, 2013
Incidentally, Kaltenbach was at Costco in the first place to buy a jacket for his wife, since he "wasn't communicating with her in her love language very well."
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