Kmart is in the news for banning customers from using Christian words like “Jesus,” “Bible,” or “church” at the store’s photo kiosk, but apparently it does not mind customers using Islam, Muslim or other Islamic terns.
The struggling former retail giant uses a computer system with preprogrammed software for its photo kiosks, but some customers have recently found that there are certain words that the software will not allow them to use in the editing program, according to the Daily Mail.
According to customers in Australia, when they tried to use the banned words in the photo kiosk, the words were replaced by a series of asterisks and the desired word could not be used.
A Kmart spokesman quickly apologized for the software saying it was juuuust a glitch.
“Kodak Alaris Australia would like to apologise for any offence caused by the recent software issues encountered within the Kmart stores,” The Mail reported.
“This software issue has been addressed overnight and by no means reflects the views of both Kmart and Kodak Alaris,” Kmart added.
“We would like to sincerely apologise for this system error, which has been rectified overnight. It in no way reflects our views as a business,” the statement continued.
“At Kmart, we support diversity and inclusiveness irrespective of race, religion, age, gender, ethnicity, ability, appearance or attitude,” the statement concluded, “and we want our teams and stores to reflect the communities in which we operate.”
According to a news report, the banned words included, Jesus, Church, Christian, Bible, Jewish, and Canadian.
The approved words included, Mosque, Islam, Koran, and Muhammed.
Kmart insisted that the software glitch was all just a big mistake and that the Christian words were not supposed to be banned and the software was supposed to just eliminate obscenities. But the specificity with which the banned word list was created makes that a bit hard to believe. Especially since all the Islamic words were perfectly acceptable to Kmart.
It all smacks of yet another attack on Christianity.
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