I have a big problem with the way the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) operates in some areas. Previously they have told the Evangelical Alliance and Bath Healing on the Streets that they cannot hand out flyers with the wording “We believe God and can physically heal” even though this is an orthodox Christian belief and those offering prayer in Bath will never accept anything financial or otherwise for what they do.
Here is a link to previous posts on the subject.
In an extremely concerning new development, Archbishop Cranmer who is a Christian Blogger, is now being investigated by the ASA for showing adverts for the Coalition for Marriage petition on his website.
Apparently they have recieved ten complaints stating that the adverts are homophobic and offensive. All the adverts contain are pictures of married couples along with a statistic that “70% of people* say keep marriage as it is … (Source: ComRes poll for Catholic Voices)” and a link to the Coalition for Marriage website.
This appears to be a ridiculous situation. Some people who are very, very easily offended have kicked up a fuss and the ASA have gone along with it.
Please visit Cranmer’s site to get the full story from his situation.
This is not a gay marriage issue, this is an issue of free speech. Cranmer quite rightly points out:
“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…”
He needs our support and prayers in this. If we are not allowed to publicise something that is perfectly legal, there is a very serious and big problem that our society faces.