Religious Discrimination? You Be The Judge

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What is religious discrimination?

Wikipedia defines religious discrimination as:

Whereas religious civil liberties, such as the right to hold or not to hold a religious belief, are essential for Freedom of Religion (in the United States secured by the First Amendment), religious discrimination occurs when someone is denied “the equal protection of the laws, equality of status under the law, equal treatment in the administration of justice, and equality of opportunity and access to employment, education, housing, public services and facilities, and public accommodation because of their exercise of their right to religious freedom.”

Is MH4C a Victim of Religious Discrimination?

As I’ve mentioned on several occasions, one part of the MH4C business model is to introduce you to some products I use and enjoy.  In the process of introducing you to certain companies, I get a referral payment if a sale is made through my site.  This is called an affiliate sale.

In order to become an affiliate with companies you must apply in order to be granted permission to sell their product.

I’ve suspected for some time that one company (a large US bank) has denied my affiliate applications because MH4C is a Christian website.  My suspicions are based on the fact that sites with less traffic continue to get approved and another Christian website expressed having difficulty getting approved with the same affiliate.

But, only a fool would get worked up based on ‘suspicions’.

However, several weeks ago I received an email saying Money Help For Christians has been denied an affiliate relationship with a major US company because the “site is geared towards a specific religion.”

Is this considered religious discrimination? Have any other Christian bloggers had similar issues?

On the one hand, any company should be able to deny any affiliate relationship for any reason.  On the other hand, it just doesn’t seem right that because my content is geared towards Christians that it should be excluded.

What should I do?

Is this a situation where I should simply forget it and move on? This seems unfair.  Does the fact that something is unfair make it wrong?

Do/should companies have the right to deny an affiliate relationship simply because this site is geared towards Christians?  Hey, it’s their product.  They have a right to deny anyone for any reason – or do they?

What would you do in my situation?

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Comments

  1. says

    As a fellow Christian PF blogger, I would move on. There are some things I’ve been denied because PFJ is classified as a Christian site. That’s OK, I’d rather be identified with Jesus any day! I respectfully thank them for their time and consideration and move on….knowing there is something better out there.

    It may be discrimination, but its not unlawful in this case. If anything, its their lost because MH4C is a great site and any publisher would benefit from the exposure.

    Kita

    • says

      @Lakita
      Thanks I have recognized that there is nothing I can do and as such the best course of action is to move on. It doesn’t make any sense to me (assuming someone actually visited my blog) why a Christian would be any less likely to open a bank account or get a credit card. It all just seems strange.
      Thanks for your kind words.
      @Khaleef
      On I go …

  2. says

    Hey Craig, I’ve wondered about the same things as well. I’ve had difficulty getting approved for some Commission Junction affiliate programs when I see plenty of newer bloggers getting approved. But I agree with Lakita. We have to move on and keep pushing forward. We should expect discrimination and persecution in this world – and even more of it as time goes on.

    I think you’ve got a great site here with plenty of good information for people – Christian or not. It’s the business’s loss if they don’t see that.

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