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Say No to Marital Unfaithfulness January 25, 2010

Posted by Phil Groom in Current Affairs, Family, News.
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Church Times Blog, 25/01/2010

Church Times Blog, 25/01/2010 - Christians mount campaign against 'marital affairs' billboards

First, my thanks to the inimitable @davewalker for highlighting this issue on the Church Times Blog today: Christians mount campaign against ‘marital affairs’ billboards.

Now, please forgive my bluntness, but what on earth is going on in the heads of the plonkers running the Advertising Standards Authority? How can anyone possibly say that advertisements promoting unfaithfulness in marriage are unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence? That such advertisements do not offend against “widely accepted moral, social or cultural standards”??

Has our society really degenerated to the point where extramarital affairs are considered normal, harmless fun? Where were the ASA when things fell apart in Northern Ireland recently because of an extramarital affair? Enough families are wrecked by marriages falling apart as it is without promoting unfaithfulness as some sort of game.

Time for action! Here’s my letter of complaint to the ASA:

This advertisement is outrageous.

Publicly promoting unfaithfulness in marriage is offensive. This isn’t about fun: it’s about encouraging people to engage in lies and deception.

Nor is this simply a matter of ‘bad taste’ – it is promoting an attitude that undermines social cohesion, that will inevitably lead to family breakdown with all the concomitant effects upon innocent children.

I understand that you have already rejected complaints about these advertisements because you say that they are unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence. You are wrong: more than 1,000 people, myself included, are already seriously offended.

You have said “We can only act if the ad, in our judgement, offends against widely accepted moral, social or cultural standards.”

Faithfulness in relationships, in marriage in particular, IS a widely accepted moral, social and cultural standard, not only here in the UK but in all civilised societies. I put it to you that if in your judgement this advertisement does not offend in this way, then your judgement is at fault.

I call upon you to immediately review and reverse that judgement before any further offence is caused.

I regard this as a matter requiring urgent attention and look forward to receiving a prompt response from you.

Thank you.

I’ll let you know what response I receive, but in the meantime, if you share my concerns, please join the facebook group Stop marital affair .co.uk advertising publicly in the UK and send in your own complaint to the ASA.

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Comments»

1. Serial Insomniac - January 25, 2010

I’m stunned. How can the ASA think it’s OK to basically encourage the destruction of people’s lives?

I’ll write too. Best of luck with your letter, Phil.

xxx

Phil Groom - January 25, 2010

Thanks SI. Truly mind-boggling, isn’t it?

2. Ernest - January 25, 2010

Phil,

I to have responded, although I did not keep a copy of my complaint to post.

There are obviously, no one working in the ASA with any sense of decency or morals.

Still, I believe that we need to be careful on how this is responded to – Headlines of ‘Out Raged Christians’ are grist to the mill of the Secular Lobby. Someone said “Any Publicity is Good Publicity” and we need to beware of falling into the trap of just going the advertisers job for them.

Phil Groom - January 25, 2010

Agreed, Ernie – and I was careful not to say anything about religious values, Christian or otherwise, in my letter. The way I see it, this isn’t a religious issue: it’s social; more to the point, anti-social!!


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