That doesn't make it farcicial to me at all.
That doesn't make it farcicial to me at all.
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I'm not saying that pressuring a company to do something can't be a great thing. I am saying that a line has to be drawn somewhere and that in my opinion being offended by a company joking about your beliefs is a dumb reason to try and pressure a company. They're not actually harming anyone in anyway. Their actual product has presumably not lacking in quality as a result.
The only way you can justify the Church as an entity pressuring a company to not offend it is if you believe they have a right not to be offended. That's all it comes down to. Every time anyone or any group asserts it's right not to be offended it sets a precedent for everyone to assert their right not to be offended.
So yes it's good that consumers can bring pressure to bear on companies but it's not good for society in general when consumers use that power in ways that aren't good for society in general.
It's compounded by the fact that this was instigated by the Catholic hierarchy, which sorry to break it to you doesn't represent the opinion of Catholics. Catholics haven't sign over their right to form an opinion on everything to the RCC. This can be seen by the fact that 95% of American women use or have used contraceptives at one point or another. If you consider that Catholicism is the single largest Christian denomination in the US you've got figure that the vast majority of Catholics couldn't give a fcck what the Church has to say on at least some issues. The clergy is not elected by its membership and it can't claim to be representative.
So this isn't even a case of consumer pressure. This is a case of a the hierarchy claiming to speak for their membership, who they may or not be in agreement with on this issue, asserting the right of people who may or may not be offended to be offended.
As for Red Bull, do you think they honestly give a fcck? They more than likely aired the ad knowing full well it would cause offence with every intention of pulling it as soon as someone complained.
Net result: the Catholic Church has succeeded in entrenching the right of religion to be offended by criticism in our societies zeitgeist.
A little rudeness and disrespect can elevate a meaningless interaction to a battle of wills and add drama to an otherwise dull day.
When atheists object about Nativity Sets and Christmas Trees in public places (or even in private gardens) they are not necessarily trying to censor believers or force their beliefs (or unbeliefs) on others. They are entitled to voice their opinion and objections, and to get others to join them in protesting or even boycotting products peddled by religious people. I have no problem with their right to do so, though of course I think they're benightedly wrong to do so.
It is an entirely different ballgame when they try to elicit the State's support in their battle, ie when they invoke police power to compel compliance.
In similar fashion, no religious group and certainly not the Catholic Church is asking the State to ban Red Bull or the advert or in any way to censure or censor them.
Those who think ordinary consumer action objecting to ads or calling for boycotts are somehow over-reacting, are themselves over-reacting to the Church's objections ... they're displaying exactly the kind of thin-skinned oversensitivity they accuse the Bishops of displaying.
Last edited by Arthur; 16-03-2012 at 05:15 PM.
As for the rest of the obligatory mandatory reply that gets posted to correct this type of closed-mindedness. I seriously cannot be arsed to do it anymore. There are just certain types of people that don't get it and never will. I can only hope that in future generations, those people are naturally deselected from our collective gene pool.
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I haven't missed any point and im fully aware of the topic on hand. If you notice it was abandonallhope that veered from the topic and i was merely responding to his outrageous claims.
As for the rest of it i do see where you are coming from, however i think that Christians need to develop a sense of humour with comedy like this. Heaven is sounding like a very dull place.
Last edited by Unhappy438; 17-03-2012 at 02:39 PM.