Friday, October 29, 2010


Well, who’d have thought it? For once I agree with the National Secular Society.

They have accused the Advertising Standards Authority of effectively re-introducing the blasphemy law - abolished by Parliament three years ago – and have protested against the ASA bans on a "mildly satirical advertisement" for Antonia Federici ice cream.

Putting aside the fact I know my friend Matt O’Connor, the genius behind the ads and the ice-cream brand is rubbing his hands with glee at all the free publicity, it is ridiculous that these very funny and creative ads have been ruled ‘offensive to Catholics.’

One ad shows two priests in an embrace with the headline “We Believe in Salivation”, and another a pregnant nun. It’s all clearly a joke and in no way a threat to a powerful Church of 1.2 billion people worldwide.

I think God would have found the ads very funny, and his followers knee-jerk reactions less so.

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