Monday, December 04, 2006

Rosaries. Off ovaries. How original.

Anybody -- including perhaps perplexed, non-Christian pro-lifers -- who have ever opined that abortion is equal to killing, has heard the rather awkward, unrhythmical slogan:

"Keep your Rosaries off our ovaries!"


In Australia, the oddly named YWCA has turned the slogan into a T-shirt. Specifically, the T-shirts call upon the Catholic Health Minister Tony Abbott to keep his Rosary off of the ovaries of the "Young Women's `Christian' Association" members.

(Let's not even go into why on earth anyone would want to place a Rosary on any lady's reproductive organs, okay?)

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (I guess it's some sort of court) has found that the T-shirts" do not amount to the religious vilification of Catholics."

The head VCAT guy ruled that while "many ordinary people would find the slogan to be distasteful", it did not constitute religious vilification.

"I do not think that the sale and distribution of T-shirts containing it (the slogan) incite hatred against, serious contempt for, or revulsion or severe ridicule of Mr Abbott...or any other Catholic," he ruled.

I kinda like this part of the ruling:

"The slogan might generate a more negative response towards those who wear the T-shirts bearing it than towards Mr Abbott or any other devotee of the Catholic faith".


Thanks to the Curt Jester for the link.