It’s Australia 2019, we have come a long way in terms of acceptance and allowing space for everyone’s own opinion. But do you think there is space for religious discrimination in 2019? In the past 24 hours, Bec and I have had not one, but TWO different global brands, from different business sectors come back to us (after approaching us for a collaboration), and say that they didn’t want to pursue a working relationship because, in essence, we’re Christians.
Both Bec and I respect a brand or businesses decision to not pursue a working relationship with anyone who may directly contradict their own moral or core business values, however cannot for the life of us understand that if the above is not an issue, how our faith impacts our work and working relationships with brands. Alongside that, it makes less sense because the brand originally approached us to work together, so they should have already been aware of our platform and our beliefs before approaching us. How does our faith in Jesus impact the core values, beliefs or runnings of either of these global brands? And if we did have a working relationship with them, how that would negatively impact their business by being affiliated with us?
In the current Australian and global landscape of increasing inclusiveness, respect and tolerance we are honestly fed up with this attitude. This definitely isn’t the first time a brand doesn’t want to work with us based on our faith (and most likely wont be the last), how our question is HOW is this still acceptable?
If we were affiliated with any other minority (being of another faith, a part of the LGBIQT+ community, Feminist, Vegan, etc) we could only imagine the uproar if this happened, but why is it deemed okay just because we’re Christian? We cannot speak for other minorities and the prejudice that they go through (because all of us to do varying degrees), but we’re just disgusted that this is something that both brand we’re willing to put in writing as their reasoning to not work with us.
At the end of the day, our faith and the declaration of our faith is something that we’re not going to change, so where do we go from here? Is it the responsibility of brands so walk the walk and actually be inclusive, or is there still space for discrimination in 2019?
xx Marissa & Bec