Quote of the week

An ‘important purpose of section 34 [of the Constitution] is to guarantee the protection of the judicial process to persons who have disputes that can be resolved by law’ and that the right of access to court is ‘foundational to the stability of an orderly society. It ensures the peaceful, regulated and institutionalised mechanisms to resolve disputes, without resorting to self-help. The right of access to court is a bulwark against vigilantism, and the chaos and anarchy which it causes. Construed in this context of the rule of law and the principle against self-help in particular, access to court is indeed of cardinal importance’.The right guaranteed s34 would be rendered meaningless if court orders could be ignored with impunity:the underlying purposes of the right — and particularly that of avoidance of self-help — would be undermined if litigants could decide which orders they wished to obey and which they wished to ignore.

Plasket AJ
Victoria Park Ratepayers' Association v Greyvenouw CC and others (511/03) [2003] ZAECHC 19 (11 April 2003)
26 April 2007

But what about condoms?

News24 today reports as follows:

An advertisement for a religious campaign has been ruled out of order for lack of evidence that Jesus can heal Aids. The Advertising Standards Authority made the ruling after receiving a complaint about a newspaper advertisement last month for a “Miracle Crusade with Reverend Angley”. The advertisement claimed among other things that Jesus “heals Aids”. The ASA said it had tried unsuccessfully to get a response to the complaint, but the advertiser had “failed to provide the ASA with verification of the claim in question”.

This seems to suggest that almost all religious advertising in South Africa will now be banned. No more claims that those who attend a religious gathering will be delivered from the evils of the world, will prosper and enter the kingdom of heaven, will become rich and meet the Pope. In most cases verification might prove rather difficult.

But what about the claims by the Catholic Church that having sex outside of marriage and wearing condoms are mortal sins that will lead a person straight to hell. Such claims could hardly be verified. Somehow I do not think ASA will ban the Church from spreading this message – for that the Catholic Church is far too powerful.
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