Bringing different backgrounds together: Christian speaker pulled from conference after local group complains

Unless those backgrounds don’t match your point of view.

From Fox News: A design conference in Texas pulled a Christian speaker from its roster after a local group threatened to pull out of the conference because he was invited.

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 conference is from Sept. 18-20.

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.

Ismael Burciaga, a founder of the group that puts together the conference, said it aims to create a safe space for everyone. “Since the beginning, one goal of Circles Conference has been to bring people of different world views and creative backgrounds together,” Burciaga wrote. “While cultivating a collaborative and creative culture is our top priority, we also respect the concerns of our fellow creatives and we will always be open to dialogue and transparency.”

On Twitter, Roark said he understood the situation was complex, and he did not want to become a “problem or distraction.” But he seemed disappointed that he was excluded because of his religious views.

“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 said. “I don’t think that happened here, but I have hope that it can happen.”

He said the conference should be a place where everyone is welcome. “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,” he said, “not a place where we shut each other out.”

The local group said it was pleased with the conference’s decision.

We welcome their willingness,” the local AIGA said, “to respect the concerns of the design community and create a safe space for everyone who attends Circles Conference.”

DCG

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Dr. Eowyn
Admin
1 year ago

Spineless cowards. So what if the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of AIGA pull out of the conference? Tell them to go pound sand.

William
William
1 year ago

If only AIGA, whatever the hell that is, extended their concern for “creating a safe space for everyone” to that multitude of children who have the misfortune to be in the parental custody of demonic LGBTQ perverts

Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago
Reply to  William

What’s the sacrifice of a few children on the altar of “inclusivness”?

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
1 year ago

If it becomes so easy to “exclude” those who do not believe as we do . . . what good does it do as far as bringing people together?

This is much like the big tech companies excluding Conservatives via their algorithms. It just shuts up one segment of the population.

Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

We invite people to follow Christ. We don’t invite them to decide what is required of them. We already know the answers to that.

If people need assistance in attaining what they need to accomplish their obligations, we help them. We don’t “lower the bar” and tell them “you’re special, go ahead and live in sin”.

Accepting the sinful nature of human beings is something we must do. Accepting that is not the same as encouraging it. It is wrong to celebrate someone’s surrender to baser instincts.

Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago

This is too much like Vatican II. We already know what sin is. It doesn’t need a second look. I am totally disinterested in finding ways to encourage people to sin. I am also not one iota interested in redefining centuries of theology to suit leftist tastes. I would much prefer that they went off to worship Satan than to “join” Christian churches only to dilute their teachings. That is one of the reasons I don’t appreciate Pope Frankie prancing around with these perverts and attempting to normalize unacceptable behavior. I have attended numerous “ecumenical” gatherings as well as Catholic… Read more »

William
William
1 year ago
Reply to  Lophatt

well said

cogitoergosumantra
cogitoergosumantra
1 year ago

I would like to know how “AIGA’ is non-discriminatory towards Christians (and those with similar beliefs) in their efforts to, “…create a safe space for everyone”.

Per their website, as of July 2, The American Institute of Graphic Arts (a 501(c)(3) based in NYC) of DFW had refused to joined the conference because of the inclusion of a Christian participant. How satanic of them…

TrailDust
Admin
1 year ago

Excellent piece, DCG!