Sunday, 13 May 2012

Free Speech Only Allowed If It Doesn't Offend...?

I don't normally read non-Catholic blogs. My free time is limited, and I don't manage to read all the Catholic stuff I'd like to get through, so it's a matter of prioritising. Two exceptions to this are the Beaker Folk of Husborne Crawley - the Archdruid Eileen and her crowd nearly always make me smile, even when getting serious points across - and also Archbishop Cranmer.

The Archbishop, although long-dead, is being pursued by the Advertising Standards Authority for daring to run the following advertisement.


I fail to see anything offensive in it.

The advert is at least as inoffensive as the "Some people are gay. Get over it" adverts that were run on the buses (without any problems suggested by the ASA) a short while ago. I suspect that the ASA received rather more complaints about the "Some people are gay" advert than the 10 received regarding the C4M advert on Cranmer's blog. The bus adverts were not withdrawn. The phrase "What's good for the goose is good for the gander" seems to apply here - especially as the advert in question is merely asking for people to support the traditional (and true) meaning of marriage as understood over at least the past two millennia, if not longer.

4 comments:

Society of St. Bede said...

When I see that advert posted on the side of LT 'buses, my reply is "and some people are are very sad".

I also note in the C4M campaign advert that many of the couples in the advert look very gay. I remember that my marriage was a very gay occasion.

N.B. This is not the definition of the word gay used by most of the school age pupils I come into contact with!

Fr William said...

The discrepancy between the ASA's response to the two cases may perhaps be related to the fact that the Chairman of the ASA, Lord Smith of Finsbury (Chris Smith MP as was) is also Vice-President of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality.

Genty said...

I looked up the council of the ASA and had the same thought as Fr. William.
Sometimes you find it's someone trying to second guess the boss.

Supertradmum said...

I hope you get this comment. Arrggh net problems. I love this ad and see it as full of love and life. Remember that spiritual warfare includes that which we do not see and cannot understand, as evil is irrational.

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