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Pastor Finds Bible Marked as "Fiction" at Costco Location

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FOX News--What do the Bible, "The Hunger Games" and "Fifty Shades of Grey" have in common? All three are works of fiction, according to the booksellers at Costco.


Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach made that shocking discovery last Friday as he was shopping for a present for his wife at a Costco in Simi Valley, Calif.
All the Bibles were labeled as fiction, the pastor told me. It seemed bizarre to me.


Kaltenbach is the lead pastor at Discovery Church, a non-denominational Christian congregation in southern California.


He thought there must be some sort of mistake so he scoured the shelf for other Bibles. Every copy was plastered with a sticker that read, $14.99 Fiction.


Since no one in the store was willing to offer assistance, the good shepherd of Discovery Church snapped a photograph of the Bible and tweeted it to his flock.


People are pretty shocked and upset, he told me. We are supposed to be living in an era of tolerance, but what Costco did doesnt seem too tolerant.
I doubt they would label the Koran as fiction, Pastor Kaltenbach said. Heaven help us if they did.


If they dont believe in the Bible, thats fine but at least label it as religion as some bookstores do, or inspiration, he said.
So does the warehouse store that sells laundry detergent by the gallon have a problem with the Word of God?


I called Costco headquarters in Issaquah, Wash. hoping to get answers. The nice lady who answered the phone told me she was aware of the issue and chalked it up to a human error at a warehouse.
Its all fixed, she said.


But actually, its not fixed because theres a boatload of Bibles in the Simi Valley store still marked as fiction.  


At that point, the nice lady on the phone became not-so-nice and promptly informed me that Costco doesnt talk to the press.


Nothing to report, she said curtly.


With all due respect, perhaps they should leave the reporting to the professionals and well leave the bulk purchases of toilet paper to Costco.
Pastor Kaltenbach said hes not one to speak out on such slights, but seeing the Good Book labeled as fiction was bit too much to take.


On the one hand Christians should not yell out persecution, he said. We arent living in Iraq or Iran. But on the other hand, I believe that we do need to stand up for our faith and we need to be vocal about our concerns. Thats a message that resonates with pastor and author Robert Jeffress.


Lets hope Costcos explanation is true and not the result of having been caught attempting to marginalize the very foundation of Christian beliefs, the Bible, Pastor Jeffress told me. Christians need to call out organizations like Costco whose actions undermine Christianity regardless of whether those actions are accidental or intentional.
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