Immaculately Conceived Ice Cream

Pregnant women often crave ice cream

I just had to post this item in time for the Pope’s visit to the UK tomorrow. I don’t get so upset by religion as many other atheists do, but then I guess I have always considered it such an obvious strawman when it comes to extremes of human belief – of course it’s made up. That said, I did guffaw when I heard that the British Advertising Standards Agency have just banned an  advert that depicts a pregnant nun spooning into a pot of  ice cream. The ASA said, “We considered the use of a nun pregnant through immaculate conception was likely to be seen as a distortion and mockery of the beliefs of Roman Catholics.” The funniest thing is that the company is the Italian ice cream producer, Antonio Federici, who had their last advert showing a nun and a priest flirting also banned. Apparently they have another of two priests about to share a kiss. According to a spokesperson, this campaign is meant to convey that “ice cream is our religion.” You simply must checkout their website – it’s hilarious.

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5 responses to “Immaculately Conceived Ice Cream

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  2. “We considered the use of a nun pregnant through immaculate conception was likely to be seen as a distortion and mockery of the beliefs of Roman Catholics.”

    I’d better not go across the Pond. I might get banned, too.

  3. hahaha, awesome.

    BTW, you might feel differently if you lived in the US…

    • brucehood

      Well I did live in Boston for 5 years but then that is not exactly the Bible belt. I guess I have gone soft in the comfort of my relatively secular and liberal environment.

      • heheh.. Yeah, there’s a huuuuge difference between the culture in major metropolitan areas in the US vs. rural areas where all the Real ‘Mericans(TM) live. I live in a mid-size city in upstate NY of about 300,000 or so, so it’s somewhere in the middle up here.

        There are places in the US you can lose your job if you are outed as an atheist. Seriously! Crazy stuff.

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