David Roark, who serves at The Village Church as its communications director, had his invitation to speak at a graphic design conference pulled because of his religious views on marriage.
In an open letter posted on their website, AIGA stated,
“The Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of AIGA will not be partnering with Circles Conference this year, and our members deserve to know why. The 2019 conference speaker roster includes the Communications Director of The Village Church, an organization that does not meet our standards of inclusion because of openly discriminatory policies and practices towards women and the LGBTQ+ community,”
The Circles Conference responded with its own open-letter, announcing that David Roark would not be speaking at their conference, stating,
Since the beginning, one goal of Circles Conference has been to bring people of different world views and creative backgrounds together. 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. After serious consideration, we have made a speaker change. We respect the concerns of the design community and aim to create a safe space for everyone who attends Circles Conference, regardless of their individual world views or beliefs.
To the naysayers clicking their tongues over my use of the word persecution, this is absolutely persecution for following Jesus. Does it reach the level of persecution suffered by many Christians throughout the ages who have willingly surrendered their lives, often in very painful ways, for the sake of their Savior? No, of course not. But, the absence of worst-case scenarios doesn’t change what has happened and what is happening in this country.
Graphic Design Conferences like Circles in a way that people like Roark network in order to help build their portfolio. Speaking at conferences boosts his personal brand and builds his career. Denying access to Christians the professional opportunities over their beliefs is something Communists in the Soviet Union did, and something China and North Korea today practice. It is becoming increasingly clear that Christians are viewed as outcasts by the “woke” world.
Unless something changes, expect a more aggressive and widespread purging of Christians from their jobs, social services, education, and government protections.
Luke 6:22 “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil,
for the Son of man’s sake.”