If you are non-Christian and of your own free will attended a market called Christkindlmarket during the month that Christmas is celebrated, would you be offended if you saw a prominant display with clips of a movie with scenes from the birth of Christ? Or would you be more offended that some people assume you’d be offended?
For me as a Christian, if I attended a festival called Mohammedmarket and was told that a display showing clips of a movie about Mohammed was removed because it might be insensitive to me and fellow Christians, I think I’d feel insulted.
New Line Rebuffed In Chicago Over Nativity Film
28 November 2006 (StudioBriefing)
New Line has agreed to remove video ads for its film The Nativity Story at Christkindlmarket, a downtown Chicago Christmas festival presented by the German American Chamber of Commerce, after the city expressed concern that the ads might offend non-Christians. In a statement, the city said, “Our guidance was that this very prominently placed advertisement would not only be insensitive to the many people of different faiths who come to enjoy the market for its food and unique gifts, but also it would be contrary to acceptable advertising standards.” A New Line spokesman, Christina (sic) Kounelias, said it was the only such rejection it had received for the ads. She added, “One would assume that if [people] were to go to Christkindlmarket, they’d know it is about Christmas.” The film is scheduled to open next weekend.
Not sure what “acceptable advertising standards” means, but I’m mostly interested in the first part of the statement that says the advertisement would be insensitive to those of other faiths.