Australian Kmart photo kiosks ban Christian words
Matthias Browning

Matthias Browning

Australia’s K Mart stores have caused outrage after Christian words failed to print in the company’s photo kiosks.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Words like “God”, “church”, “Jesus”, “Jewish” and “Bible” were listed as profanities and the machines did not let customers add the words to their photo captions.

Predictably, words like “Koran”, “Islam” and “Allah” were all allowed to print.

Broadcast journalist Chris Smith from Sydney radio station 2GB, used his program and blog to criticize the retailer. “In what world are these words profanities,” he stated.

“This is just outright discrimination, it’s almost demonizing Christianity. I’m no tech expert but give me a break. I don’t buy the excuse from Kmart… it doesn’t make sense that specific Christian words would be targeted while Islamic words are not.”

The kiosks, operated by Kodak, have reportedly had new software added to pick up profanities. It is reported that when customers tried to caption photos with the forbidden words, a message came up on the screen saying ‘profanity has been detected in text and substituted with ****’.

Kmart has apologized, stating: “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.

“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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