The Christian Democratic Party has expressed astonishment over intolerance of its view that a DA poster of a young couple embracing promotes sexual immorality.
“These people are like mindless zombies that have been impacted by liberal brainwashing that has swept over this nation like a wave-of-swill,” CDP spokesman Stanley Le Fleur said on Tuesday.
The poster, showing a mixed race couple without shirts embracing, and the payoff line “In OUR future you wouldn't look twice”, prompted the CDP to claim it promoted sexual promiscuity.
It described the poster as insulting to people with high moral values, saying it sent the wrong message in a country battling with levels of HIV/Aids, crime, and farm murders.
The “attack” on CDP leader Theunis Botha, who issued the original statement criticising the poster, contained foul language, “suggestive insinuations”, and betrayed the intellectual capacity of the writers, said Le Fleur.
“Never before in the history of this country have more people gone out of their way to prove their moral degeneration and to attack someone else's right to an own opinion.”
He said Botha did not mind because “men like him who dare to stand for their Christian values have always been prepared to be ostracised for their convictions”.
“But, no matter what efforts are made to silence the Christian voice, it will endure forever.”
Botha said later: “You get these sort of responses from people who think it is their mission to denigrate those who don't accept their politically correct views on certain things.
“People seem to think that if you have a Christian point of view and you believe in a Christian ethos you are from the dark ages and you need to come to the 21st century.”
On Times Live, one “Scribbles” wrote: “...Beelzebub could be tearing his way up from hell itself just at the thought of such a 'scandalous' and 'immoral' display of affection”.
“CrackerCracker” wrote: “Thanks Christian Democratic Party for reminding all fair-minded people how restrictive our existence would be if religion is allowed its way.”
Botha apologised for the link to farm murders made in his statement, explaining it was inadvertently inserted by the press officer working on a separate statement on the subject.
The poster drew an unexpected amount of comment and requests for interviews by international media, said DA Youth director Aimee Franklin.
“We certainly got a mixed reaction from people,” she said.
The DA's supporters were largely positive.
“On the other end of the spectrum, there were some comments that were quite horrific to say the least. People were quite shameless to share some very racist and intolerant views.” – Sapa
I just don't get it. Why would your opinion be worth reading if you want to stay anonymous? Do convictions not deserve a backbone?
I don't believe in mix-relationships it does not make me a racist. I have a right to believe in what i want without being called a racist, or get told that i live in the dark ages. I understand the message the poster is trying to tell and it is a good one, this poster was done for the shock factor which they got!
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That's right, Reverend. If that poster was full length, we will see more, and that would really get us going, won't it?
Whose to say the individuals are not married or in a committed relationship. Methinks that the comment of the CDP is premised on some very deep and dark assumptions. The message I got is two South Africans in an affectionate embrace and the caption is that when we have achieved this as the norm then we will have achieved racial harmony. I wish the church and other religious based groups were as sensitive to perverted clergy as they are towards innocent posters. What is that verse (Matthew 7:3 I think)... Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye...and to finish a well worn cliche, if the cap fits....
I think the only reason, in SA 2012, anybody would be upset by this poster is that they are both skinny and beautiful! In 1980 this would be shocking, today its a new life! Live It and stop moaning.
Definitely immoral. God might think they are dancing and we can't have that.
In my view the message the poster aims to deliver is that in the future race and racial discrimination will be a thing of the past. To illustrate that they used an image that will best depict that - an interracial naked couple embracing. For me it's not do much about sexuality or immorality( we have enough of that going around already and don't need a poster to spur it on). It's about racial prejudice. Now having said that this country is clearly not ready for that judging by the responses of people - both black and white. To me the poster responses say we still have a far far far way to go before we overcome our racial prejudices. We might not see it in this lifetime, or the next. We might in fact never see it, if the USA (the worlds largest democracy) is anything to go by. For me the poster is a nice ideal. Whether it does in fact depict the future is anyone's guess
I think that this was a deliberate political ploy on the part of the DA, showing forward thinking by making a poster that would defiantly ruffle a few feathers and bring much wanted attention to the DA youth wing. I applaud their effort and hope to see the other political parties in this country of ours bring their campaigning up a few notches!!!
The unfortunate thing about this poster is that the couple is a mixed race couple which has totally distracted from the reasons most people are offended by it. No matter what they(and I) say, people just refuse to accept that the objection is about the nakedness of the couple and NOT the race. Everybody is so absolutely racist that they can't see past it and therefore project their views on those that have valid objections that have nothing to do with the race. If you can't see past the race of the couple and see that a naked, embracing couple on a political poster is objectionable then you have a problem. Even people who are all for mixed race couples are racist. They go out of their way to find a person of another race which is racist - why can't people see this!? We have a couloured guy in our office who openly claims that he will only date white girls and can't understand how that makes him racist!?
I agree that they should have had some clothes on, there was no need to have them naked, otherwise it was not really sexual, just two people in love.
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