Said the ASA:
"We considered that, although the ads were intended to be light-hearted and humorous, their depiction of Jesus winking and holding a thumbs-up sign, with the text "miraculous" deals during Easter, the Christian Holy Week which celebrated Christ's resurrection, gave the impression that they were mocking and belittling core Christian beliefs," the ASA said on Wednesday.Could it be that these is part of the fruit being born in Britain after Pope Benedict XVI's recent pastoral visit there?
"We therefore concluded that the ads were disrespectful to the Christian faith and were likely to cause serious offence, particularly to Christians."
Perhaps, but there is also the distubring news from Britain - that will soon likewise happen in the USA (indeed, it is already being to happen) - that a Member of Parliament has called on Prime Minister David Cameron to make it illegal for Christian churches to refuse to conduct homosexual civil unions; indeed, Mike Weatherley would go so far as to refuse to allow Christian ministers to conduct even true marriages. It sounds all too familiar to the present situation in Illinois.
Prior to the passage of the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act we were told explicitly - on the floor of the chamber - that the new legislation would not affect foster care and adoptions. After the passage of the law we find the contrary to the true: the State is actively seeking to force Catholic Charities out of foster care and adoptions, all on the basis of our inability to recognize as a civil union as the equivalent of a valid marriage (which, it should be remember, the RFPCUA does not require us to do).
What is the basis for MP Weatherley's push to force the Church out of marriages? Her inability to recognize civil unions as the equivalent of a valid marriage:
He told Mr Cameron to follow a precedent he suggested had been set by laws compelling 11 Catholic adoption agencies to assess gay couples as potential adopters and foster parents, although most of them have either since closed or left the control of the church.This is all too close for comfort, as they say.
Mr Weatherley said that the alternative would be to surrender to a “messy compromise” in which gays would remain the victims of inequality.
“I am becoming increasingly concerned about the inequality which exists between the unions of same-sex couples and those of opposite-sex couples in this country,” he said in his letter.
“As long as religious groups can refuse to preside over ceremonies for same-sex couples, there will be inequality,” he said.
“Such behaviour is not be tolerated in other areas, such as adoption, after all.”
Mr Weatherley described the 2004 Civil Partnership Act, which permitted legal recognition of same-sex unions, as an “uneasy truce” between campaigners for equality and people who sought to uphold the religious significance of marriage.
A similar situation will - if things continue to progress as they are - come upon us in the United States of America, all in the name of tolerance. But one group will not be tolerated: those who hold to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
In Illinois, when the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act was passed, we were told it was not an attempt to push the Church out of marriage and that those advocating for the passage of the Act only wanted the same rights of married couples. All of these civil rights they could already have if they simply went through the appropriate channels and filed the proper papers. But that wasn't enough.
Neither will simply forcing Catholic Charities out of foster care and adoptions be enough for them. As long as the Church stands against their agenda and goals, they will not rest. The next assault in Illinois will be as in Britian; it will be an assault against marriage.