The Advertising Standards Agency have advised against the use of a poster encouraging people to state their non-belief in the 2011 census.
Luckily Leicester Secular Society are ignoring their advice and going ahead with the campaign anyway.
We are bombarded with religious messages in school assemblies and by preachers in town in the city centre ever Saturday. Is it too much to ask to allow some freedom of speech? All the campaign is doing is asking people to state their true beliefs or non-belief in the census. No harm in that, you might think; this is just a harmless joke. Do the blasphemy laws still apply in 2011?
MATTHIAS: Look. I’d had a lovely supper, and all I said to my wife was ‘That piece of halibut was good enough for Jehovah.’
OFFICIAL: Blasphemy! He’s said it again!
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MATTHIAS: Look. I don’t think it ought to be blasphemy, just saying ‘Jehovah’.
CROWD: Oooh! He said it again! Oooh!
OFFICIAL: You’re only making it worse for yourself!
MATTHIAS: Making it worse?! How could it be worse?! Jehovah! Jehovah! Jehovah!