So, a judge has overturned the ASA's decision to ban an advert by the Sandown Free Presbyterian Church in the Belfast News Letter The advert rails against gay people, screams about sodomy and calls gay people perverts. I wonder what sweeping insults you could make about other minorities and the advert wouldn't be banned? Rev David McIlveen and Rev Ian Paisley are both bigots of the highest order.
Why has it been overturned? Because though these Christians are offending and attacking gay people, the mere existence of homosexuality causes the same offences and attack on Christians. No, seriously.
Looking at the code of the ASA:
Marketing communications must not contain anything that is likely to cause serious or widespread offence. Particular care must be taken to avoid causing offence on the grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. Compliance will be judged on the context, medium, audience, product and prevailing standards.
Marketing communications must contain nothing that is likely to condone or encourage violence or anti-social behaviour.
So, why don't we just remove sexual orientation from there right now? We may as well, its just been gutted.
We must note that THIS advert, showing 2 men dressed as priests looking at each other in a possibly romantic way has been banned and this ban HASN'T been overturned. Because it “mocks” the Catholic church. Apparently the existence of possibly gay men is a mockery now.
So, let's get this straight (hah, I think they'd prefer us to get everything straight).
Homosexuality offends religious beliefs. So we have to allow grossly homophobic adverts because our very existence is offensive to these religious people. We have to endure hatred and vile bigotry and every attempt to hurt us because our presuming to EXIST is so damn hard on the poor oppressed Christian church.
At the same time, even suggesting that there are gay people and ZOMG putting that in a religious context is so vile and wrong. How dare we keep oppressing them with our terrible existence! HOW MEAAAAAN!
So you know all those times I've railed that our existence isn't offence? Well ignore me, it's just been ruled that actually it is! Our existence is officially offensive! And because we offend Christians by daring to exist, they have every right to attack us, villify us and denigrate us in the most vehement and hateful of terms.
So, to review: Christian hate and bigotry is good and justified.
Gay existence is evil and oppressive.