Christian travel company Faq has denied claims of anti-LGBT slur after the travel agency said its staff had been “misinformed” by a Christian evangelist who claimed they would “take down” any Muslim staff.
According to a statement on the Faq website, the company’s team had received “misinformation” from Christian evangelists who “have used the Christian faith to justify hate and intolerance”.
Faq has not responded to a request for comment from Business Insider.
The statement by the Christian travel giant said it has been in contact with the company and is “confident in our staff’s ability to serve the public”.
“We are in the process of fully investigating the matter and taking appropriate steps to prevent this type of behavior from occurring in the future,” the statement continued.
The Faq team, which includes a director of marketing, marketing manager and public relations, were sent a copy of a statement sent to them by the company on Tuesday.
It said that while the company “does not tolerate bigotry in any form”, the “disturbing nature of some of the comments made by the individual” was not the “sole reason” for the “anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and anti-Christian comments”.
Faquis stated it “takes great care” to “provide safe, welcoming environments for all our employees and guests”.
“If you believe that there is a misunderstanding or misunderstanding of the Christian Faith or our policies, we encourage you to reach out to the team and discuss it with them,” it said.
The Christian travel industry is experiencing a resurgence in popularity as well as an increase in the number of religious groups applying for business licences.
According the Association of Flight Attendants, the number in the US has grown from about 12,000 in 2008 to over 30,000 today.
More:Christian travel agency Faq denies claims ‘anti ‘gay’ slur’ claims, claims staff are ‘misinformed’By Laura Biermann for Business InsiderIn an email sent to employees on Tuesday, Faq said it was “in the process” of taking “appropriate steps to stop this type, in the long run, of this type”.
The statement continued: “As we have said before, Faqs team of over 30 people works hard to build a welcoming environment and is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive community for all of our staff.
Faqs core values include respect for diversity, respect for others, and diversity of all backgrounds.”
In addition to the religious beliefs behind the group’s policies, Faquis’ statement said: “We are all proud to be part of a diverse and inclusive society, and we have made great strides in this area over the past decade.”
“We value our relationships with our staff, who are our family and who we are.
We strive to treat all of them with respect and the same dignity we expect of all of us.
We also respect the privacy and safety of our team members.”
The statement also added that Faq’s “strong leadership team is committed, and will always be committed, to diversity, inclusion and diversity”.
“This includes making sure our policies and practices are applied to all of the people who come in contact or interact with us, and all of those who work for us.”
In a statement released by the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), the group representing American evangelical Christians, Faqa said that it had “received an allegation of a ‘anti homosexual’ slur” and “was made aware of the allegation”.NAE spokesperson Scott Jones told Business Insider that the organisation had no further comment to make.
The claim has been made by a person claiming to be the head of Faq who has been “profiling and targeting Muslims”, according to the organisation’s statement.
In a blog post on Wednesday, Faque said it had been in touch with the NAE and that the matter would be addressed.
In an interview with CNN on Wednesday night, FaQ said it “will take swift action” against the person.
The company said that the person “will not be allowed to work for any more travel agencies, and that we will be taking steps to ensure that this does not happen again.”
“There is no place for this type or any type of discrimination,” it added.