“Christ” and “Jesus” Considered Abusive by Marks & Spencer

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: March 1, 2015

A pastor’s wife order for bouquet of spring flowers was blocked when she had tried to use words: "Thank you for your care and practical help for Margaret in her last days... With love from her church family, Christ Church Teddington". She was confronted with an on-screen warning: “Sorry there’s something in your message we can’t write.”

Marks & Spencer had listed words like “Christ” and “Jesus Christ” on a list of banned abusive and offensive terms. As a result, online customers who tried to include those words in their greeting cards, were prevented from completing their orders. M&S withdrew this policy after it was made public.

Source: The Sunday Times