Quote of the week

Senekal last week had nothing to do with solutions. It was all about politicians’ testosterone. It was all about politicians’ egos. What useful idea came out of all that heat and noise generated by all those politicians in Senekal last week? There is nothing. Nothing that makes SA a better place. Nothing that leads us to a better understanding of race relations in SA after 1994. Nothing that is a solution to farm murders – many of whose victims are poorly paid, desperate black people – or a solution to the incredibly horrendous murder and crime problem in this country.

Justice Malala
Sunday Times Daily
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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