A Northern Ireland church could be in a heap of trouble.
The Advertising Authorityâ€™s currently investigating whether a Presbyterian parish violated advertising codes by releasing an advert condemning gay pride.
In addition to calling same-sex love an abomination and gays as â€œperverts,â€ the Sandown Free Presbyterian Church also suggested that pride events may bring on more anti-gay violence:
In the advertisement, the church â€” led by the Rev David McIlveen â€” justifies its hostility towards the gay community by â€˜quotingâ€™ from the Bible and lambasts the need for a parade which celebrates a â€œprofitable lifestyleâ€.
The church condemns recent homophobic attacks, but said some attacks may have been â€œprovokedâ€ by a section of the gay communityâ€™s â€œdesire to be known for a perverted form of sexualityâ€ and called on followers to continue to protest against them despite these attacks.
â€œIt is a cause for regret that a section of the community desire to be known for a perverted form of sexuality, which in certain incidences has provoked the unacceptable and totally unjustifiable response of violence. Such a response, however, must not intimidate the church into silence,â€ the advertisement says.
So, while they don’t condone violence, they’re not going to work to end it… Love that moral relativity!