To say I'm not a fan of the Irish bishops would be an understatement. I'm generally not fans of lying, parasitical pedophile-protectors. Their main media outlet, the Veritas chain, also falls under my stern gaze of disapproval. But now I leap to their defence. Why?
Well, they tried to place an Advertisement on RTE and the Broadcasting Commission Of Ireland (BCI) banned it, because, wait for it, it 'might cause offence'. And what might cause offence? The BCI highlighted three lines from the ad. The phrases were: “Christmas, aren’t we forgetting something? - Why not give a gift that means more? - So to give a gift that means more”.
In the name of Jesus - literally - who in their right mind could take offence at this? As a devout secularist it doesn't bother me one iota, and I don't know anyone else who'd take a different position. My own suspicion of course lies with the Religion Of Peace, whose adherents now comprise the second largest religion in Ireland (from virtually zero 20 years ago).
And even if it did 'offend' any of us, so what? My considered response to anyone who takes offence is 'go fuck yourself'. In any event, in my view, the Bishops have an enterprise that's competing in a dwindling market and they're entitled to advertise in support of market share, like any other commercial enterprise. But, also like any other commercial enterprise, they should be taxed on the profits (prophets?) and/or pay an entertainment tax.
The only good thing is that this piece of lunacy has attracted an almost uniformly hostile response, from every source. The Religion Of Peace has been notably silent, I might add.