Britain’s Outrageous Censorship Practices: ‘Archbishop Cranmer’ and the Advertising Standards Authority

This really, really is outrageous.  Because a blogger calling himself Archbishop Cranmer posted this pro-marriage graphic on his blog, the authorities in Britain are assaulting him with threatenings:

Here’s what the blogger says-

Apparently there have been a number of complaints about one of the advertisements His Grace carried on behalf of the Coalition for Marriage. He has been sent all manner of official papers, formal documentation and threatening notices which demand answers to sundry questions by a certain deadline. He is instructed by the ‘Investigations Executive’ of this inquisition to keep all this confidential.

Since His Grace does not dwell in Iran, North Korea, Soviet Russia, Communist China or Nazi Germany, but occupies a place in the cyber-ether suspended somewhere between purgatory and paradise, he is minded to ignore that request. Who do these people think they are?

The advertisement in question is reproduced above. His Grace would like to make it clear to the ASA that he is reproducing this ‘offensive and homophobic’ advertisement as an educative illustration of allegedly offensive and homophobic advertising; not as an offensive and homophobic advertisement per se. Naturally, His Grace apologises in advance to all those who find this educative illustration offensive and homophobic, for it is never his intention to be either offensive or homophobic. But those of you who do find it offensive and homophobic are free not to visit His Grace’s blog whenever you wish.

There is NOTHING homophobic or offensive about that graphic and only the most idiotic bureaucrat could imagine there is.  And whilst normally my practice is to ignore anonymous blogs and bloggers, in this instance, because the British government’s actions are so egregious and inept, I’m going to make an exception.  Go visit his blog and read the remainder of his explanation of what’s gone on.  It’s authentically shocking.

And, America, believe me, our government is heading in the same direction.  So if you think this doesn’t matter, wake up and glance into the not too distant future.

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5 thoughts on “Britain’s Outrageous Censorship Practices: ‘Archbishop Cranmer’ and the Advertising Standards Authority

  1. […] Jim in the US has picked up on […]

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  2. Offensive? | Curlew River 11 May 2012 at 7:59 am

    […] was genuinely stunned to discover just now (via this post) that this is the advertisement in […]

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  3. Stuart 11 May 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I’ve just realised that all us lot in the UK are linking to your image Jim. Ha! Don’t take it down whatever you do…..

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    • Jim 11 May 2012 at 2:41 pm

      no intention to

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  4. runnymeadeuk 14 May 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Reblogged this on BritNorAmFreedom.

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