Christian Discrimination Rears Its Ugly Head in America's Heartland
Fox News reports:
David Roark, communications director for The Village Church, a Texas megachurch, was uninvited from the Circles Conference, a three-day event for graphics and user experience designers, because of his religious views…
…The Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of AIGA refused to partner with Circles Conference if Roark was on the roster. The group said the church has "openly discriminatory policies and practices towards women and the LGBTQ+ community" and therefore did not meet its standards of inclusion.
"We feel it would be hypocritical of us to be involved in the conference and tacitly endorse the policies of The Village Church," the local AIGA chapter said. "This would be a misallocation of our membership resources and a disservice to all members of our community against whom the organization discriminates."
Conference officials agreed to remove Roark from the roster.
Pastored by evangelist Matt Chandler, The Village Church generally holds mainstream Christian views.
Roark took to Twitter to speak about the bullying and forgive his tormentors.
"I was removed as a speaker at Circles Conference. I have no hard feelings toward AIGA or Circles, only love. I understand this was a complex situation, and the last thing that I would want to do is cause a problem or be a distraction," Roark tweeted.
"I believe that to end division and pursue unity in our world, we must be willing to listen well, enter into dialogue and understand that we can show love, honor, and dignity to one another while still disagreeing," he added.
"I don't think that happened here, but I have hope that it can happen. I want the creative community to be a place where individuals of all backgrounds, beliefs, and lifestyles can learn from one another, regardless of differences, not a place where we shut each other out," Roark concluded.