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Company, citing religious beliefs, refuses to print student magazine about diversity

Company, citing religious beliefs, refuses to print student magazine about diversity

Company refused to print the diversity of inclusion edition of a student-run magazine, citing religious beliefs. (Photo: Due South)

Due South is the student-run lifestyle magazine at the University of South Alabama that has been in circulation since 2012. But it wasn’t until the publication put together its first special topics issue for Fall 2019 that it had faced any problems with distribution. The editor-in-chief, Sara Boone, tells Yahoo Lifestyle that the issue, which focused on sharing the stories of the university’s diverse student body, was something that she’s wanted to publish since she became the editor three years ago. After finally getting to do so, she never anticipated this roadblock.’ data-reactid=”23″>Due South is the student-run lifestyle magazine at the University of South Alabama that has been in circulation since 2012. But it wasn’t until the publication put together its first special topics issue for Fall 2019 that it had faced any problems with distribution. The editor-in-chief, Sara Boone, tells Yahoo Lifestyle that the issue, which focused on sharing the stories of the university’s diverse student body, was something that she’s wanted to publish since she became the editor three years ago. After finally getting to do so, she never anticipated this roadblock.

“We’ve used Interstate printing for as long as I’ve been editor,” Boone explains, adding that she has a pretty routine and easy process with them for getting the magazine printed. “This time, I sent them the files and everything. I had called them on Tuesday and said, ‘I’m about to send you the files.’ […] Then Wednesday, they emailed me that, after looking at the content of the magazine, they would like to express their freedom to not publish this issue because they’re a Christian company and the content does not adhere to their values.”

Boone went onto say that Interstate didn’t explain what content in particular it disagreed with. The University of Alabama senior also said that she had no indication of their religious stance prior to the incident.

“It’s never something that came up before, I guess because we’ve never published this type of content,” Boone says.

Interstate didn’t respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment. However, there is a declaration of the company’s Christian beliefs on its website.

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