Thursday, September 08, 2011

Jesus, phone home

The phone company Phones 4u have been ticked off by the UK Advertising Standards Authority for using the above illustration in an ad released over a Christian holiday period.

The ad has been withdrawn and so far no fatwas have issued either from the Vatican or from Canterbury.

My favourite, legitimate, use of Jesus on the phone is the notice at the entrance to the Roman Catholic church in Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland, below.

The message is clear from these two examples. If you're not advertising for Jesus, just leave him alone. Or to quote what once used to be one of the pillars of good journalism "When in doubt, leave out".

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