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Axe Deodorant Ad Banned for Offending Christians

By December 1, 2011

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Usually faith-based censorship of the media seem to occur when Muslims express outrage, but Christians are just as capable of imposing their censorship on others. In South Africa, an advertisement for Axe Deodorant has been banned because a Christian -- a Christian, just one -- complained. It depicted angels descending from heaven and giving up their celestial status to pursue a man wearing the fragrance, and that apparently was too offensive.

Named "Angels will Fall," it's hardly the most offensive thing in the media -- but some Christians lack the maturity or sense of humor required to allow it to exist. Well, one does at least.

The male complainant told regulators he was angered by the suggestion that God's messengers could literally fall for a man on the basis of his shop-bought fragrance.

The ASA [Advertising Standards Authority] banned the advert earlier this month after ruling it was likely others would also be offended.

In its ruling, the authority said the depiction of angels losing their devout status was likely to upset Christians.

The ruling, which was reported by South Africa's News24 website, stated: 'As such, the problem is not so much that angels are used in the commercial, but rather that the angels are seen to forfeit, or perhaps forego their heavenly status for mortal desires.

'This is something that would likely offend Christians in the same manner as it offended the complainant.'

Source: Daily Mail

According to the ASA, "The problem is not so much that angels are used in the commercial, but rather that the angels are seen to forfeit, or perhaps forego their heavenly status for mortal desires." And that's... offensive?

Really, there's absolutely no sense of humor or tolerance for others here. I'll bet this Christian's head would absolutely explode if they saw some of the alternative mythologies that have been created out of Christianity in some media, like for example the Preacher comics.

Some people just need to be shut up in a hermetically sealed sphere so they can't be exposed to a single outside idea or thought.

Comments
December 2, 2011 at 11:33 am
(1) Angela says:

Reading this article was a waste of time………this author must be a desperate loser.

December 2, 2011 at 4:11 pm
(2) Austin Cline says:

Reading this article was a waste of time………this author must be a desperate loser.

Well, thank you for showing me how it’s done by providing such a detailed, insightful, substantive, and constructive critique. I’ll be sure to follow your stellar example going forward.

December 2, 2011 at 4:56 pm
(3) Bob Clarke says:

So, Angela,

Why on earth did you bother? You knew it was an athiest (read measured, rational) site. (Not that every atheist is measured and rational, but the ones that read this are, for the most part.)

December 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm
(4) Charles Lund says:

I thought Satan was supposed to be a fallen angel. So what’s the surprise about a few more?

December 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm
(5) Grandpa_In_The_East says:

@Angela

Has Angela not heard of the nephilim in Genesis 6:4 or the giants in Numbers 13:33?

Perhaps Angela should not spend her time on Austin’s blog and instead read her Holy Bible.

Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived – Isaac Asimov (A quote borrowed for positiveatheism.org)

Grandpa

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