Gay Jesus cleared by ASA



As you may recall, St Matthew-in-the-City Anglican Church in Auckland erected a billboard depicting a baby Jesus in a manger with a rainbow coloured halo, and the words “It’s Christmas.  Time for Jesus to come out” on it.

A complaint was lodged with the Advertising Standards Authority.  

The Chairman of the Authority has ruled that there are no grounds to proceed with the complaint

It was of the view that the advertisement, which it commented was prepared by
a Christian church to promote debate within the Christian faith, as opposed to a
deliberately offensive advertisement by an outside party for commercial gain, had
been prepared with a due sense of social responsibility to consumers and to society
and was not in breach of Basic Principle 4 of the Code of Ethics”.

So it appears that advertising that may be offensive to the general public is ok, as long as it was created with a “due sense of social responsibility” by insiders to the issue and targeted at insiders to the issue.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.