Employees of the bookseller's chain Borders are expressing concern that they were required to promote a Christian charity which is allegedly anti-gay and pro-life.
Gloria Jean's coffee shops are located inside several Borders' stores. Last month, Borders' employees were asked to page customers, every hour, about the coffee emporium's 'Cappuccino for a Cause' day in which 10 cents from every Gloria Jean's cappuccino was donated to the charity Mercy Ministries.
Mercy Ministries helps young girls and women with eating disorders, unplanned pregnancies and mental health issues. It was launched in Australia by Darlene Zschech, who is a worship leader at Sydney's Hillsong Church. The managing director of Gloria Jean's, Peter Irvine, is also also the executive director of Mercy Ministries. He is also a member of the Hillsong Church. Mr Irvine's co-founder and partner in Gloria Jean's, Nabi Saleh, sits on the church's board of directors.
So the part-owner of Gloria Jean's was using his businesses to raise money for a charity he is affiliated with - as long as Mercy Ministries does good work, is there really a problem?
Perhaps Borders might be interested in digging into Mercy Ministries' background before they plug it over the PA.
Mercy Ministries' website says:
A young woman who is pregnant will attend a basic decision making course which equips her to make an informed decision about the future of her and her baby... our staff will assist a pregnant resident who chooses to parent her baby in making an individualised plan that will prepare her to effectively parent in a safe environment. Young women who choose to place their child for adoption or alternative care return to Mercy Ministries to complete the program.