Vatican denounces Benetton for kiss ad

2011-11-16 22:41

Vatican  City - The Vatican has denounced a shock ad campaign by Italian apparel giant Benetton which features Pope Benedict XVI kissing a top Egyptian imam on the lips.

Benetton says its "Unhate" campaign launched on Wednesday is aimed at fostering tolerance.

The campaign features a half-dozen purported political nemeses in lip-locked embraces, including President Barack Obama and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Vatican said the photo of Benedict kissing the imam of Cairo's al-Azhar mosque is an "unacceptable" provocation that offends the faithful, and warns it will take measures to protect the pope's image.

  • Martin - 2011-11-17 00:07


  • Fred - 2011-11-17 04:25

    BWAHAHAHAHA! When are these creepy geriatric virgins going to pay less attention to who some people sleep with and more attention to how little some of them have to eat? "The Vatican ..... warns it will take measures to protect the pope's image." You just have to be kidding me. What image? Mention the words "kiddie rapist" and religion and what immediately springs to mind? I personally think the Pope and his clergy are unqualified to speak on moral issues. Their moral sensibilities are hopelessly broken by indoctrination in to a church that has perpetrated some of the most ghastly horrors conceived. The Christian holy book is a genocide manual and loaded with atrocities and immoral teachings.

      Adre - 2011-11-17 05:28

      Fred you did good until you denounced the Bible! First of all, the Roman Catholic church avoid the Bible like the plague and rather sell books of lies about the Bible. Second of all, the Bible first teaches obedience, you know not to kill, not to steal, then it sends prophets to warn of the consequences then it gives the result of the consequences, the death to the guilty! Unfortunately for us, our lives is not in our hands, but it is up to us if we live eternally or end up in hell, in other words, obedient to our Maker or disobedient!

      Fred - 2011-11-17 07:51

      @Andre The bible is a product of the Catholic Church and your 'maker is imaginary. get over it.. The a work of fiction; a book compiled from the plagiarised texts of ancient religions by bronze age sheep herders; translated from Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek texts to Latin and edited by the Catholic Church, translated into English and re-edited by the Church of England as instructed by King James to conform with his views, and interpreted to fit the preexisting values of anyone who quotes from it,.

      Martin - 2011-11-17 08:50

      Fred, get over yourself. Just what exactly are you and your kind thinking to achieve? Throughout the history of Christianity, people payed the highest price for believing. They payed with their lives. Still today, there are many Christians who would give their lives for it. Many are taking it seriously. Do you think your efforts will just make it vanish?

  • AntiThesis - 2011-11-17 08:16

    We can now quietly sit back and watch the religious hate their "unhate" campaign - very ironic.

  • Ever - 2011-11-17 11:03

    "Fostering tolerance" my eye. This is a typical Benetton cheap publicity stunt. They don't give a toss about anything other than grabbing the limelight. (By the way, to save typing time and effort, I am a life long atheist; I have no time for fundamentalists of any religion, nor for that matter, for the knee-jerk reaction that all Catholic clergy are child abusers).

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