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-When ‘Diversity’ Excludes Christians?

by Dr. D ~ April 6th, 2016

Diversity  Inclusiveness  Christians

Seeking ‘diversity’ seems to be one of the corner stones of political correctness today in America. However, many times when it is played out in public and business policies everyone seems to be included except conservative Christians?

For example, on college campuses today student groups are expected to be ‘inclusive’ and accept diverse members and leaders. But in reality that policy actually ends up excluding the possibility of conservative Christian leaders heading up conservative Christian student groups officially on campus. We have written in the past about how Christian student groups are being discriminated against and officially eliminated by popular PC ‘anti-discrimination’ and ‘diversity’ rules and policies at colleges and universities all across America. See: “-Christian Student Groups Seek Help from Civil Rights Commission

In the marketplace, many Christian small business owners are finding themselves in trouble when they refuse to compromise their beliefs.  But the same rules do not seem to apply to minority or Muslim businesses who no one bothers to challenge since they are part of a protected ‘diverse’ class.

Now here’s an article about a Christian group that is complaining about 5 particular companies that are supposedly discriminating against Christians in a number of different ways. From the Blaze:

An advocacy group that works to ”achieve marketplace and workplace equality” for faith-driven consumers is offering a public challenge to five companies that are known for touting diversity, but that purportedly don’t extend that same treatment to the Christian community. …

“Our message to these five companies, and the entire marketplace, is to live up to your own words,” Chris Stone, marketing expert and founder of Faith Driven Consumer, told TheBlaze in a statement.

“You pride yourselves on being champions of diversity, claiming the distinction of universal inclusion. Your claim is hollow and lacks proof of performance — there is a glaring gap.” Stone went on to say that true inclusion means that everyone has a seat at the table, charging that these companies have failed to specifically include Christian consumers and employees in their “robust rainbow of diversity.” …

Stone said that his organization wants to see equal treatment of Christians, with companies welcoming the market cohort with the “same vigor, intentionality and purpose” that they offer up to other communities.

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Response: I have long held that those who say they are seeking ‘diversity’ and an inclusive culture seem to want to include everyone except conservative Christians. That is sure the case in higher education today and in much of the news and entertainment business. One would think however that large businesses like the 5 listed in this article would want to reach out to as many potential customers and consumers as possible including millions of Christians?

It is time for Christians to be more vocal and outspoken in calling folks out like this group is doing. In the past some Christians have called for boycotts but they have rarely been successful. Plus some were based upon false information and ended up doing more harm to our credibility than anything. Also they rarely took into consideration the number of Christians that might actually be employed by the companies singled out.

It is far better to enter into some kind of communication with the executives of the businesses in question with a view towards addressing possible Christian concerns and bringing change. Then the responses from the businesses (or lack of response) could be publicized and Christian consumers would be left to make up their own minds on whether they will want to continue to do business with those companies or not. It could result in Christians actually being included in diversity considerations. Bottom line, I believe that most business leaders would rather not alienate tens of millions of potential customers which the Christian community actually represents.                *Top

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