I recently placed an advert on a local website with the aim of selling a car. To make it stand out from all the other rather predictable ones I decided to inject a bit of humour into it, using a current topic to attract attention.
I must admit that my sense of humour may not be to everyone’s taste but I do not deliberately set out to upset people. I’m also aware that anything one writes & puts out for public consumption may well result in some kind of reaction. In fact that is the one of the purposes of discussion forums on sites such as SFN! I have enjoyed reading other members’ views & have occasionally joined in sometimes agreeing, sometimes expressing an opposite view. These discussions have always been polite if sometimes somewhat firm in views expressed & it is the intelligence with which these diverse opinions are written which provides such pleasure.
I was therefore somewhat surprised when the advert prompted a somewhat odd reply.
The advert read (in part) "Exclusive! Pope resigns in row over choice of Papal transport" continuing “This totally untrue statement comes from the belief that the pope insisted that any vehicle he rode in must match his outfit exactly.
This is the VERY car that the Pope might have chosen to use if he had to drive anywhere and is now available for you to own!
For a mere 1350 euros you can go anywhere in a long white gown & when you emerge from its comfortable interior & put on a 2 foot high hat you could be feted by all!
Just think of the advantages! Offers of free drinks almost anywhere! You could kiss anyone & nobody would doubt your motives, even if your hands were inappropriately placed!
Sponsorship from the people who make "Vanish"! Just to name a few.
Details of the car followed.
Before too long I received the following email
“…however, I think this ad. to sell your car has overstepped the
limits of decency "....even if your hands were inappropriately placed!"
This is a very scurrilous remark and exemplifies a rather nasty phobia.
I think you are capable of a much more sanguine comment.
I suggest you rescind this "inappropriate" statement .
I was surprised by this reaction as I felt that I had in no way accused the Pope of any wrongdoing, merely implied that if one was to dress as a Pope no-one would think that a Pope would behave inappropriately so would not question one's actions! However, there is no reason why this should be so – a Pope is only a mortal, voted into power by a bunch of other mortals, much like the head of ANY large organization. There is no guarantee that popes always behave in the best interests of their followers! History can show us a few less than angelic ones, & come to think of it this particular church has had its fair share of “inappropriate” behaviour from a few of its representatives! Now I may not be a devout Christian but I have always felt that one’s religious beliefs are one’s own – you are free to worship who you like.
I have not & will not reply to this person’s email because I feel I would be drawn into a long theological discussion on religious issues without the relative protection of a forum
It makes me wonder what sort of letters Dave Allen used to get?
Although there is no way that I would withdraw my advert I would like the reactions from my fellow SFNers.