Let’s talk: has this campaign ad gone too far?

When it comes to campaign ads they are usually, unfortunately more often than not, mind-numbingly boring and tedious. But all
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When it comes to campaign ads they are usually, unfortunately more often than not, mind-numbingly boring and tedious.

But all that seems to have changed with the release of this minor party’s new ad.

The Australia Sex Party has released its brand new campaign ad and it’s a doozy!

The ad features a singing and dancing priest along with whole bunch of extras who launch into an epic number about the Catholic Church and the Vatican.

It’s well-known the Party wants to make changes to the way religions benefit from tax breaks and execute their power in politics around the country, but some are saying they’ve taken it too far this time.

“It will come as no surprise that our election campaign ad is funny, irreverent, cheeky and well, blasphemous,” said Australian Sex Party Leader Fiona Patten. “But it highlights our legitimate policy of ensuring that religious institutions are transparent and accountable in Australia.”

Australian Sex Party lead senate candidate Dr Meredith Doig backed her up.

“When we talk about taxing religion we’re not talking about church schools or hospitals, St Vinnies or the Salvos – they can get charity status under ‘Advancing Education’ or ‘Advancing Health’ or ‘Alleviation of Poverty’”, said Dr Doig.

“We’re talking about cults like scientology and mega-churches like Hillsong, which raked in nearly $80M last year from operations like Hills Christian Centre, Hillsong Technology Services and Hillsong Publishing. They exploit this tax loophole to run businesses that otherwise would be subject to normal taxation.

“Yes our ad features dancing priests in a wonderful musical number ‘The Vatican Can’.

“Humour and music are often the best ways to communicate a serious message – it’s time for religion to pay their way. I pay my tax – why don’t they?”

If only all campaign ads were this entertaining! Can you imagine Malcolm Turnbull or Bill Shorten dancing around like this?

There are calls for people to share the video if they want to see more campaign ads like this.

Has this ad taken it too far? Is it offensive or funny?

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