Kmart has come under fire after certain religious words including “Jesus,” “church,” and “Bible” were banned at photo printing kiosks while the words “mosque,” “Islam,” and “Koran” were not.
While attempting to print photographs for a church group, Australian Kmart customers Anthony Dorsett and his wife, Marelynda, found that certain Christian-related words — including “God,” “church,” “Jesus,” “Jewish” and “Bible” — were deemed to be profanity and replaced by asterisks, The Daily Telegraph reports. However, “mosque,” “Islam” and “Koran” were found to be acceptable.
Anthony Dorsett told the news publication that his wife was “offended” and she “thought it was disgusting.”
“She is not a snowflake or anything, she doesn’t get offended by much but this offended her,” he said.
Amid backlash, Kmart issued a statement saying that a software error at the Kodak kiosks had led to “offensive” words being replaced and was not specific to Christianity.
“This is a system error and it will be updated overnight. It in no way reflects our views as a business,” the spokesman told The Daily Telegraph.
“At Kmart, we support diversity and inclusiveness irrespective of race, religion, age, gender, ethnicity, ability, appearance or attitude and we want our teams and stores to reflect the communities in which we operate.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett