Quote of the week

As seductive as certain perspectives of international law may appear to those who disagree with the outcome of the interpretative exercise conducted by this Court in the contempt judgment, sight must not be lost of the proper place of international law, especially in respect of an application for rescission. The approach that my Brother adopts may be apposite in the context of an appeal, where a court is enjoined to consider whether the court a quo erred in its interpretation of the law. Although it should be clear by now, I shall repeat it once more: this is not an appeal, for this Court’s orders are not appealable. I am deeply concerned that seeking to rely on articles of the ICCPR as a basis for rescission constitutes nothing more than sophistry.

Khampepe J
Zuma v Secretary of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector Including Organs of State and Others (CCT 52/21) [2021] ZACC 28 (17 September 2021)
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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