Wednesday, October 05, 2005


In an inexplicable lapse of judgment, an Irish bookmaker decided to run a billboard ad campaign showing Jesus gambling. They've now pulled the ads:
Ireland's largest bookmaker, Paddy Power PLC, withdrew a billboard campaign Wednesday that portrayed Jesus and his disciples at the Last Supper table — and playing poker and roulette alongside the slogan, "There's a place for fun and games."

The Dublin-based company was responding to legal threats from Ireland's Advertising Standards Authority, which reported receiving scores of complaints from the public in this predominantly Roman Catholic country.

At all 89 locations across Dublin, the offending billboards were replaced Wednesday with new Paddy Power ads that said: "There's a place for fun and games. Apparently this isn't it."

Frank Goodman, chief executive of the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland, said Paddy Power had breached its guidelines for taste, decency and religion. "This apparently has caused widespread offense," he said.

Apparently so.

I wonder if it would have been okay if He was shown playing bingo...

1 comment:

proudconservative said...

Oh sure, pick on the Catholics! As if they do not have enough troubles with their, shall we say, overly helpful priesthood.