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In the name of the father

In the name of the father


The British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) condemed this ad from the Gay Police Association (GPA) after receiving more then 500 complaints.

In the last 12 months the Gay Police Association has recorded a 74% increase in homophobic incidents, where the sole or primary motivating factor was the religious belief of the perpetrator.
The ASA came to the verdict by saying that the GPA can’t prove the connection between christianity and homophobia. But more important according to the ASA is that the juxtaposition of passionately held iconography, such as the Bible, alongside the image of blood, was likely to be deemed inappropriate by some.
I think the GPA made a very stong statement but made two mistakes. The Christian church is not the only religion with homophobic tendencies. What about the increase of 74%, did these incidents only came from people with a christian background?
And the amount of 74% don’t prove anything when speaking of statistics. Is it 74% of 100 or 10.000?
The good thing is, I hope, that there will be a public debate about homophobia and religion.

Gay Police Association

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