The well-respected Cranmer blog is being subjected to aggressive pressure and intimidation by the government recognised Advertising Standards Authority for carrying an advert from the Coalition for Marriage, the UK group seeking to defend the institution of marriage from David Cameron’s plans to legalize unnatural marriage by 2015.
The Advertising Standards Authority’s Investigations Executive justify their persecution of Cranmer on 24 complaints against the Coalition for Marriage advert, 10 of whom complain that the advert is offensive and homophobic. The ASA Investigations Executive have demanded the Cranmer keep their persecution of him confidential. Admirably, he hasn’t succumbed to their intimidation. His Lordship explains:
‘Since His Grace does not dwell in Iran, North Korea, Soviet Russia, Communist China or Nazi Germany, but occupies a place in the cyber-ether suspended somewhere between purgatory and paradise, he is minded to ignore that request. Who do these people think they are?’
Cranmer goes on to give details of the complaint against him for broadcasting the Coalition for Marriage advert:
The specific complaint relates to:
c. An online ad, seen on the blog of ‘Archbishop Cranmer’, featured photos of couples on their wedding day on the first frame. The second frame stated “I do”. The third frame stated “70% of people* say keep marriage as it is … (Source: ComRes poll for Catholic Voices)”. The final frame stated “Help us keep the true meaning of marriage. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION Click here … Coalition for Marriage”.
He is informed:
We intend to deal with the complaint as a formal investigation, which means it will be considered by the ASA Council. We will then draft a recommendation for the Council based on your response to us. Once the Council has made a decision, the adjudication will be published on our website.
…We require you to explain your rationale for the ad and comment specifically on the points raised in the attached complaint notification…
His response must be in writing, ‘preferably by e-mail’, by 21 May (typed in bold). If His Grace is unable to comply, he must ‘explain why you are unable to respond sooner and agree a timetable for your response’.
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…
Protect the Pope comment: Sections of the homosexual community and their political allies are attempting to create a totalitarian culture in the UK that outlaws the expression of the Christian doctrine of marriage and sexual morality.
Just recently the Trade Union Congress attempted to force the Education Minister to take action against the Diocese of Lancaster for distributing a booklet to Catholics teenagers explaining the Church’s teaching on sexual morality. The TUC claimed that the book was ‘offensive and homophobic.’ Thankfully the Education Minister had the commonsense to reject the TUC’s absurd claim.
But now, unfortunately, the Advertising Standards Authority has abandoned commonsense and has instigated proceedings against a Christian blogger for defending the Christian doctrine of marriage due to absurd claims that the advert is offensive and homophobic. This is what the Coalition for Marriage advert states:
1. The online ad featured photos of couples on their wedding day on the first frame.
2. The second frame stated “I do”.
3. The third frame stated “70% of people* say keep marriage as it is … (Source: ComRes poll for Catholic Voices)”.
4. The final frame stated “Help us keep the true meaning of marriage. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION Click here … Coalition for Marriage”.
No one in their right mind can possibly think there are grounds to investigate this advert for being ‘offensive and homophobic’, but obviously the complainants and the officials of the ASA are not in their right minds. But then as Cardinal Keith O’Brien recently said, support for gay marriage is madness.
If David Cameron’s plans for unnatural marriage become law by 2015, then the action taken against Cranmer is just a foreshadowing of the intimidation and aggressive pressure Catholics and Christians will suffer at the instigation of these liberal fascists.