Saturday, January 10, 2009

Atheist Bus

This is amusing and of course the 'offensive' word is once again rolled out to try and shut people up. Seems the world is full of people getting all offended which is great for governments wanting to bring in more legislation to control every second of our lives:

The advertising regulator has received almost 150 complaints that an atheist ad campaign, proclaiming "There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life", is offensive to Christians and other religions that believe in a single God.

Thing is, religions are allowed to advertise with their 'Jesus loves you', 'God is great' and some of them even have television channels dedicated to promote their ridiculous Bronze Age nonsense. I find that extremely offensive but don't expect it to stop any time soon and would defend their right continue. So why shouldn't atheists be allowed to advertise? In fact let's have a TV channel and make the message a bit stronger than the rather bland one on the side of that bus. Anyway, I'd love to be a fly on the wall during this investigation:

Hanne Stinson, the chief executive of the British Humanist Association, which launched the campaign, said she "pitied the ASA if they are going to be expected to rule on the probability of god's existence. However, if they do investigate we will be very happy to respond.

10 comments:

Thud said...

I am what would I suppose be considered a 'good' Catholic...this bothers me not a jot...their business not mine.Most people comfortable in their beliefs would not give this matter a second thought...others however will use it for their own ends.

.e. Jim Shannon said...

The bus ad reads more Agnostic to me then atheist. Atheism asserts the denial of a God or Gods. The key word is "probably" but I sympathise what you mean.

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

you shouldn't offend religious people because it leads to angels getting the mange, eczema of the leg, pimples on the ass, and symptoms of herpes around the usually perfect lips and genitals in the inviso superhero god-world. rude, sadistic, comedic.

Swainson said...

I suspect the real thing the religious objectors are up in arms about is “enjoy your life”

I’ve never heard of a religion that wants that from it’s followers.

dave hutchinson said...

It should read, `There Are Probably No Buses. You're Better Off Walking.'

Martin said...

I just read about those ads a few days ago on a newssite. Love them!

Though I have to admit I liked the australian version "Atheism - Sleep in on Sunday morning" even more. ;-))

Sunday-morning-adverts-banned

Olaf said...

How long would it last if it read "There is no Allah...."

daniel said...

frankly religion should be banned - not just from government - in total. this prehistoric twaddle is used to justify the most abhorrent crimes, whilst pushing it's own agenda (often at the expense of another version of the same rubbish). get rid of religion and you extinguish half the worlds problems in one go.

daniel said...

oh and the message is hardly atheistic anyway - they used the qualifier "probably"...

Thud said...

Mine and others religion seems to bother the 'tolerant' much more than their lack of bothers me.