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hutch0
Date: 2008-07-28 22:35
Subject: more on the mayonnaise kiss
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You might recall a little while ago I mentioned that Heinz had withdrawn an advert for its Deli Mayo range which featured a chap giving another chap a peck on the cheek. I now understand that a key player in the affair was a Christian group calling themselves the American Family Association, who heard about the offending item even though it had never aired in the US. The Guardian reports that the AFA emailed its three and a half million members about the ad, saying in part that this was the `kind of ad we can expect to see in California as they prepare to vote on homosexual marriage.'
The email also said, `I thought you might be interested in seeing the Heinz ad featuring a homosexual family and two homosexuals kissing. We suggest you forward this to all your family and friends letting them know of the push for homosexual marriage by Heinz. This ad is currently running in England, but no doubt can be expected in the US soon.'
The email included a form email letter of complaint and phone numbers for Heinz's corporate HQ in the US.
While the ad was actually pulled in Britain before the AFA got involved, an email campaign by the group seems to have influenced a strong statement from Heinz distancing the company from the ad.
Whether it did or not, I find the AFA's email infinitely more offensive than I found the ad. You'll all know that I'm a godless sod and an atheist of the worst stripe, but I have dipped into the Bible on occasion, and perhaps I'm missing some kind of subtext here, but didn't Jesus preach a certain amount of tolerance? Wasn't there something about being without sin if you want to throw stones? I find myself becoming increasingly annoyed by these people as I get older. They're not Christians the way I understand Christianity, and their God is not the stern, wise, understanding, tolerant God I was brought up with and then decided not to believe in.
I googled the AFA, and their website is a bit of an eyeopener. They have a section titled `Homosexual Agenda,' in which you can find an article titled `Sodom's Solemn Warning.' It begins, `For “gay” and lesbian activists intent on molding American culture in their own image, the church is seen as the most stalwart opponent resisting the triumph of homosexual philosophy.' (My italics)
No, these are not Christians as I understand the term. I don't know what they are, but they scare me.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-07-28 22:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I always associated `Christian' with trying to be a good person and not hurting other people, which is the kind of person I've tried to grow up to be. But I agree, there's all kinds of stuff in the Bible that you can cherry-pick and build yourself a lifestyle around, if you're that way minded.
And you're right, they should see what they're getting so hot under the collar about. And if some of them say, `This is daft, life's too short to get wound up about this,' good.
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pds_lit: Arthur
User: pds_lit
Date: 2008-07-28 23:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Arthur
You have them pegged correctly. I get their emails just to keep and eye on what they are attacking and how.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-07-29 23:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You're braver than I am; I wouldn't dare let them have my eddress.
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pds_lit: Arthur
User: pds_lit
Date: 2008-07-29 23:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Arthur
I keep on email address just for things like this.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-07-30 22:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, I kept my freeserve eddress for signing on to blogs and ordering things online - it had already started to attract spam anyway so I use it when I'm doing public stuff and then it doesn't matter whether spammers get it or not.
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RealThog: leaving fortusa
User: realthog
Date: 2008-07-29 03:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:leaving fortusa

"No, these are not Christians as I understand the term."

. . . but they're Christians as we in the States have to learn to understand the term. Although numerically this is not true, for every pastorbear, who's a sweetie, it seems by the noise as if there are a hundred or more of these vicious, self-righteous loonies, their hearts filled with nothing but hatred and bigotry.

As the popular teeshirt slogan so accurately parodies the attitude of the faux-Christians, "Who would Jesus torture?"
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-07-30 22:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It often baffles me how, in a country where Church and State are supposed to be separate, the Church (and I use the term at its loosest) has turned out to be such a political power. Or maybe I shouldn't be surprised.
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