Back in 2009 I wrote a blog post about the UU World pulling the Freedom From Religion Foundation's ads promoting the separation of church and state. I was shocked that they buckled to primarily Christian idealism within the UUA. Shocked and angry.
This month, low and behold, there is an ad that is dubious on so many levels that twice I had to check that I was actually reading my denominations publication.
Specifically a "free" diamond pendant - it looks like a Franklin Mint ad.
Tacky, not related to the mission of our organization, and quite possibly the most offensive ad I have ever seen in our publication.
Here's the deal, I don't wear diamonds. On purpose. They are dirty with the blood of innocents and the greed of corporations. They are the epitome of what I find wrong with our society. They put value on a shiny rock without caring about how those shiny rocks come to be on our fingers, ears and wrists. They are symbols of a system that is broken, corrupt and cares nothing about the death and destruction of the regions that they mine these rocks.
I am no expert on it, but I care enough not to wear them, purchase them or celebrate them.
Sure, you can go dig diamonds yourself in my state - and for that I celebrate every moment you are sifting through rocks and sand, but if you are wearing a diamond that you have no real idea where the origin is I am suspect of your morals. Or you just don't know about the issues concerning the shiny stones.
So, I get that the UU World has to sell advertising. I understand that advertising is hard to come by to such a niche group, but when I see this I think that you are just pandering to what you think might be acceptable to the group as a whole, cashing the check and not caring about the larger picture.
Raise dues if the cost of printing is too high. Put it all digitally if the cost is too high. Scrub the project if the cost is too high. Have every darn affiliate group have to buy and ad (polymore, Christian, Buddhist... the list goes on). But don't sell our organization out for a few shiny rocks.
Shame on you.
NOTE: Chris Walton commented quickly that the diamonds are created in a lab - they aren't real. And maybe that was obvious to you, but it wasn't to me.