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Kmart in damage control over ban of religious words such as ‘God’, ‘church’ and ‘Bible’ at its photo processing booths

Kmart Australia has caused outrage after its photo-printing kiosks banned certain words relating to religion.

Words such as ‘Jesus’, ‘church’, ‘Christian’, ‘Jewish’ and ‘Bible’ used in captions were deemed to be profanities and instead replaced with asterisks.

A Daily Telegraph investigation showed terms such as ‘mosque’, ‘Islam’ and ‘Koran’ were accepted and photos could be printed, but ‘Allah’ was censored.

The retailer is blaming a “software error” and said it would update its national system.

“This is a system error and it will be updated overnight. It in no way reflects our views as a business,” a Kmart spokeswoman said.

“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.”

Kodak sales and marketing manager Gavin Wulfsohn told News Corp the ban was not an attack on Christian terms and would be fixed.

He said the “profanity detecting software” problem was not limited to religious words, with ‘Canadian’ also deemed offensive.

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