Friday, May 11, 2012

ASA Targets Cranmer's Coalition for Marriage Ad

Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, exer...
Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, exerted a powerful influence on Edward's Protestantism. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Advertisng Standards Authority has written to the pseudonymous conservative blogger Bishop Cranmer over an advert on his site which supports the Coalition for Marriage - a UK-based lobby group seeking to maintain the legal definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.

The ASA has apparently received ten complaints from members of the public that the advert in question is homophobic. His Grace has responded to the ASA's intervention in his typically robust style. His response is worth reading, not least of all so that readers can see the allegedly offensive ad itself.

Although I am not fully in agreement with all of His Grace's individual political views, I strongly agree with his fundamental right to express opinions that others might find disagreeable. I quote from Cranmer's site:

Freedom of speech must be tolerated, and everyone living in the United Kingdom must accept that they may be insulted about their own beliefs, or indeed be offended, and that is something which they must simply endure, not least because some suffer fates far worse.

As for the advert itself, I would be fascinated to hear from any reader who could please explain in what way it could ever be considered homophobic.

The C4M has received over half a million signatures so far for its petition in support of its campaign. Interested parties can read and sign it here if they are so inclined. 






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1 comment:

genghis said...

I have posted the 'offending' advert on my own site, and would urge everyone who believes in freedom to do the same. Lets see how many get an e-mail from the Advertising Standards people, and how many would take the slightest bit of notice of either the ASA or the Jewich gays and lesbians who are presumably one of the complaining parties.