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Gloria Jeans: "We embraceequality and diversity"

One of Australia’s biggest coffee shop chains has rushed to distance itself from the Australian Christian Lobby and Hillsong Church as news spreads of its recent hefty financial donation to the ACL’s activities.

In a statement today, Gloria Jeans Coffees now confirms that in the 2010-2011 tax year it donated $30,000 to the Australian Christian Lobby.

“This was a once off donation during the time of the election… in support of the prime ministerial debate only,” says a spokesperson for the coffee chain today.

“What’s more, it is important to reiterate that we are not religiously affiliated or affiliated to any other beliefs or preferences, including Hillsong,” Gloria Jeans adds.

“By the same token, nor do we discriminate against others based on their beliefs or preferences. We are proud of our culture of equality and embrace diversity across our entire business.

“The religious affiliation and preferences of some our management, Franchise Partners or Team Members, is their personal choice and bears no relevance to the way that our business runs day to day.”

Gloria Jeans’ response comes as online campaigns to boycott the chain for its anti-gay equality stance gather momentum on Facebook and via a petition on change.org.

The coffee chain’s links to the controversial Hillsong Church – which used to offer so-called ‘ex-gay therapies’ as part of its ministry – are well known, but Gloria Jeans founders, themselves senior figures in the church, have in recent years denied their extensive franchise network was providing financial support to Hillsong.

Decide for yourself. First seen today on Gloria Jeans’ Facebook page, see the coffee company’s statement in full below.


Facebook followers,

We’ve seen all your comments and feel that it is important to get in touch and put the facts on record.

Yes, Gloria Jean’s Coffees did provide a donation to the Australian Christian Lobby in 2010, in support of the prime ministerial debate only. This was a once off donation during the time of the election.

What’s more, it is important to reiterate that we are not religiously affiliated or affiliated to any other beliefs or preferences, including Hillsong. By the same token, nor do we discriminate against others based on their beliefs or preferences. We are proud of our culture of equality and embrace diversity across our entire business.

The religious affiliation and preferences of some our management, Franchise Partners or Team Members, is their personal choice and bears no relevance to the way that our business runs day to day.

Today, our sponsorship of many humanitarian projects is based on giving back to the communities who have helped us become the brand we are today. It is through With Heart, a Gloria Jean’s Coffees International Foundation, that we support both local and international projects including Red Cross, in local and global disaster appeals, as well as Special Olympics Australia, Variety, the children’s charity, and R U OK? Day.

We are, as always, very happy to provide any further information, so shoot us an email to feedback@gloriajeanscoffees.com.au.

Thanks, Team Gloria Jean’s Coffees


UPDATE – Saturday June 16

Another reponse from the increasingly under-fire Gloria Jeans. The coffee company is still proudly funding Hillsong Church’s annual conference, but is again distancing itself from the Australian Christian Lobby – even apologising for the “hurt and offence” its donation to it has caused.

Read our update here.

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paulkidd

paulkidd said on the 11th Jun, 2012

Not good enough. It's all very well for GJ's to say they "only" made that $30K donation to the ACL "in support of the prime ministerial debate" (whatever that means), but it doesn't change the fact that they are one of the biggest supporters of an organisation which is obsessed with homosexuality, which peddles anti-science, distorts the facts, and engenders hatred against LGBT people.

If GJ's want to do some meaningful damage control, instead of issuing statements full of weasel words, they should pony up another $30,000 cheque %u2013 this one made out to Australian Marriage Equality.

Breko

Breko said on the 11th Jun, 2012

What does 'in support of the prime ministerial debate only' mean? How did the ACL contribute to that debate? Not buying it. Wake up and smell the coffee.

Wonderland

Wonderland said on the 11th Jun, 2012

Rubbish.
And they made it worse by thinking gay people are dumb enough to buy this shit.

Liberalcynic

Liberalcynic said on the 11th Jun, 2012

Their past is full of links between Hillsong, Australia Christian Lobby, and Mercy Ministries. Through a complex web of managerial, ownership and friends Hillsong have got a disgusting homophobic funding machine.
From the funds to put an end to marriage equality to the funds for Mercy Ministries exorcism of lesbians. (c.f. http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/they-sought-help-but-got-exorcism-and-the-bible/2008/03/16/1205602195048.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1)
They are one dodgy company.

iconia

iconia said on the 11th Jun, 2012

Put rainbow flags in every Gloria Jeans shop for a year, then we will forgive you...

Breko

Breko said on the 11th Jun, 2012

Gloria, I think they got your number - I think they got the alias that you've been living under.

I think you've got to slow down before you start to blow it. I think you're headed for a breakdown, so be careful not to show it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=355Fk8drgZE

MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 11th Jun, 2012

This is pure stock standard damage control spin. It's a classic 'we believe in pro-diversity, pro-inclusion, pro-equality, pro-this trend, pro-that trend' 'we're covering ourselves legally and saying what you want to hear' comment. I don't believe it.

DougBear

DougBear said on the 11th Jun, 2012

How much in total have GloriaJeans/owners/frachisees given to @ACLobby to date in addition to the $30k in amounts that fell/fall below reporting thresholds? To Hillsong and other evangelical organisations?

Breko

Breko said on the 11th Jun, 2012

"nor do we discriminate against others based on their beliefs or preferences.." Umm nor could you under the law.

TheOldie

TheOldie said on the 11th Jun, 2012

oh posted this in the other thread

the founders of Gloria Jeans are Senior Members of the Church so there is still a connection if you put aside 1 donation of $30,000.

Ericka

Ericka said on the 11th Jun, 2012

Actions speak louder than words. If Gloria Jeans is serious about supporting equality then maybe they should donate $30,000 to Australian Marriage Equality.

Martina

Martina said on the 11th Jun, 2012

Sorry, I 'don't buy it'. Feeling somewhat cynical, I have to ask why now after the facts have been uncovered does GJ choose to attempt to explain away their financial activities. Gee, smells less like coffee and more like something else with a more pungent, unpleasant odour. Please excuse me while I let my dog out so she can do her business...that has that unpleasant, pungent odour!

RichardWhereat

RichardWhereat said on the 11th Jun, 2012

The Gloria Jeans boycott should continue at the very least until the Australian Christian Lobby publishes its 2011-2012 donations and verifies that the coffee chain has given no more donations to it.

I say the very least, because I believe it should continue until all Hillsong church members are kicked out of its board of directors.

Simon666

Simon666 said on the 11th Jun, 2012

Their statement is not only inadequate, but also dishonest :
The election was held on Saturday, 21 August 2010. The donation was made on 30/11/2010.

ammonite

ammonite said on the 11th Jun, 2012

Good spot!

http://periodicdisclosures.aec.gov.au/GiftsPoliticalExpenditureList.aspx?SubmissionID=48&ClientID=15605

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_federal_election,_2010


Is it a legal requirement to report them with the exact date?

555Sean

555Sean said on the 11th Jun, 2012

" Is it a legal requirement to report them with the exact date? "

No. It seems the reported date displayed is the processing date at the AEC (like a tax return lodged by your accountant), acknowledging "funding and disclosure" for money received in the accounting period - financial year.
It is not the date the money changed hands.

The amount is a total for the year and not a once off payment. This also answers DougBears question about what other monies may have been received as donations.

From a similar 2010 PDF AEC return, the rules state:
(The same thing would have been true for this $30,000 in question. The PDF will probably be available in Feb2013 on the AEC website from what I can see.)

"The due date for lodging returns is, 17 November 2010."

"This return is to be completed by people or organisations who incurred political expenditure of more than $11.200 in the 2009-2010 financial year, (ie. 01/07/09 - 30/06/10), or who received gifts to make such expenditure"

biglebstud

biglebstud said on the 11th Jun, 2012

GJ's claim that "we embrace equality and diversity" is like saying "Syria embraces change & democracy" . . . give me a break! . . 'sides they make shit coffee anyway! . . . Kawha (leb coffee, like Tukish, for the uninitiated) tastes better than that "dishwater" they serve up at GJs . . . boycott! boycott! boycott! . . . and don't get me started on HILLSONG (bunch of shifty Christian terrorists)!!!!!!!!!!!

Chrys Stevenson

Chrys Stevenson said on the 12th Jun, 2012

Gloria Jeans, I think you might have been fudging – just a little.

You see, I looked into Gloria Jeans “With Heart” charitable foundation and noticed that the two major recipients of your philanthropy – Compassion Australia and Opportunity International – are both Christian evangelical organisations. Surely that is not just coincidence?

Compassion Australia is part of the Compassion International Global network. Compassion uses the ‘child sponsorship’ model to work with children in poverty throughout the world. Very admirable at first glance but let’s look closer ...

... if my friends Rodney and Jeff Chiang Cruise (of Rainbow Families) wanted to sponsor a child through Compassion Australia – the charity Gloria Jeans supports through their “With Heart” program – they would be faced with some rather major obstacles.

Having agreed to sponsor a child, the Chiang Cruises would find the Compassion guidebook warns that their correspondence will be censored and that “materials that condone lifestyle choices inconsistent with our beliefs, such as those: condoning sexual relationships outside the heterosexual marriage covenant or advocating the living out of a homosexual lifestyle” will not be forwarded.

Rodney and Jeff may be able to sponsor a child through Compassion Australia, but they would not be able to send photos of their happy family or describe their every day family life. To add insult to injury, just as Gloria Jeans refers to homosexuality as a ‘preference’, Compassion describes it pejoratively as a ‘lifestyle’.

Just to be sure the message has got through, a warning on the form provided to write a message to your sponsored child reads:

“Please do not send communications … or comments condoning sexual relationships outside the heterosexual marriage covenant.”

More here: http://thatsmyphilosophy.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/an-open-letter-to-gloria-jeans-coffee-not-buying-the-spin-guys/

Virgo

Virgo said on the 12th Jun, 2012

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Virgo

Virgo said on the 12th Jun, 2012

I only once visited a Gloria Jeans establishment. Apart from the incredibly long wait for 2 cups of coffee, I was surprised, especially considering the price, to have it served in a paper cup. I never patronise Domino's Pizza, as the parent company was founded and is still run by right wing religious extremists, who through their Thomas More Law Center promote 'good Christian values' and equate homosexuality with pedophilia.
They've even filed a federal lawsuit against the Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The lawsuit is being filed on behalf of a number of pastors, as well as the American Family Association. It's definitely time for a Domino's boycott.

TheOldie

TheOldie said on the 12th Jun, 2012

Maybe a list should be made up showing all the Companies with these links and ask everyone to stop using them.

I didnt know that about Domino's not that I buy pizza that often but its just around the corner and I only go for bbq meat lovers as the wood
fired pizza place near me doesnt do them.

Only times I use GJ is at Entertainment Quarter but thats easily stopped as other place there to have a coffee.

micaiah beval

micaiah beval said on the 13th Jun, 2012

With less dirty looking grubs forcing their short sighted opinion Gloria Jeans is looking like the place to go!!

mikeybear

mikeybear said on the 13th Jun, 2012

And then you have Blow-job Billy-Bob claiming that "Gloria Jeans, a Christian-owned company, is siding with traditional marriage"

http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2012/06/13/coffee-culture-wars/

Well well. The man who is proud of his many hundreds of footnotes in his books to justify his homophobia (like that's not phallic compensation) is telling us that Glory-hole Beans is against marriage equality.

But, where did they make that claim? Apparently they're pro-diversity. Apparently. Either Glory-Hole Beans has redefined diversity, or Bill is talking out of his lower sphincter. We know he's good at that, so let's just assume this leopard hasn't changes his spots.

Cyberman

Cyberman said on the 13th Jun, 2012

GJs are using the code words "equality" and "diversity". I think their PR people are just throwing in those words to appeal to us. Smokescreen.

Goeegoanna

Goeegoanna said on the 13th Jun, 2012

It is a shame that this is all they can say. When they decide to donate $30ooo to an Aids charity or perhaps for secular psych services for LGBTI teens then maybe I'll believe their plee. From what I see, the Christian Lobby uses their funds to spread nothing but hate, instead of being Christlike and spreading compassion, love, openmindedness and charity, the very things Jesus did and the very foundation of the original church. What a shame alll of that has been lost under all of the politics and biggotry the churches stand for today.

Jerryme

Jerryme said on the 13th Jun, 2012

Gloria Jeans operates inside the Hillsong church building.

tariq

tariq said on the 13th Jun, 2012

pfft no connections. as if. they've had links to christian extremist groups forever. and donating 30000 dollars as a one off does not signify no or little connection between GJs and ACL. imagine what community action against homophobia, equal love, twenty10 or ACON could do with that money.

PaulSydney

PaulSydney said on the 13th Jun, 2012

Actions = words?

Let them show actions of support for us, until then all we have is words and mealy mouthed ones at all.

ammonite

ammonite said on the 13th Jun, 2012

I only once visited a Gloria Jeans establishment. Apart from the incredibly long wait for 2 cups of coffee, I was surprised, especially considering the price, to have it served in a paper cup. I never patronise Domino's Pizza, as the parent company was founded and is still run by right wing religious extremists, who through their Thomas More Law Center promote 'good Christian values' and equate homosexuality with pedophilia.
They've even filed a federal lawsuit against the Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The lawsuit is being filed on behalf of a number of pastors, as well as the American Family Association. It's definitely time for a Domino's boycott.

I'm absolutely appalled to hear that someone is using St/Sir Thomas More's name in such a way.

I'm fairly sure he would be also

which makes it even sadder.

Suibhne

Suibhne said on the 14th Jun, 2012

The ACL is proud of how powerful they are and often publicly refer to themselves as a 'very powerful political body'. Guess which group is more powerful than the ACL? - Intelligent Aussies. There are heaps of us from all walks of life and not just the quintessential 10%. The fallout from this means that any company that associates themselves actively or tacitly by funding and donations will suffer the same backlash by we the broad minded public. We got the $$ - not the ACL :)

donnykul

donnykul said on the 18th Jun, 2012

I have had 1 cup of coffee from gloria jeans in 15 years!its good to see them do some ,PLEASE EXPLAIN"!stuff.then we get info. both p.o.v.!

matthew2468

matthew2468 said on the 10th Feb, 2014

I will never go there again