Thursday, January 8, 2009

Christian complains about atheist buses


Stephen Green of Christian Voice has complained to the advertizing Standards Authority about the Atheist Bus Campaign. 800 buses carry an advert saying "There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."

Green has challenged the adverts on grounds of ‘truthfulness’ and ‘substantiation’, suggesting that there is not ‘a shred of supporting evidence’ that there is probably no god.

See the BHA's response here.

This could be a lot of fun. Suppose Green wins - then the BHA can complain about adverts saying "God loves you" etc. on the very same grounds.

10 comments:

Peter said...

Green's clearly got a lot of time on his hands. What a sad man.

(I say that as a Christian)

Q.SocNE said...

Theos were far better about this. Christian Voice are right-wing-very-conservative-evangelicals

Phaedrus said...

I'm just amazed at how far we've progressed. Ten years ago, you'd have never seen a bus with that kind of sign on it.

What I was really surprised by, is Bill Maher's "Religulous" actually making it to the big theaters. I couldn't believe I was actually sitting in a theater watching a movie that was so openly critical of religion. It was refreshing.

Martin said...

Fingers crossed that the ASA ask for the BHA to provide evidence substantiate the claim that "There's probably no God."

I can't wait to see what evidence on the probability of a nothingness looks like. This will take us beyond even the territory that was covered by Jean-Paul Sartre in "Being and Nothingness".

MH said...

They can always change it:

There might be a God, but He's likely not yours. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.

Tony Lloyd said...

It could be very interesting. Is there any difference between a "shred" (Stephen Green and the BHA) of evidence and a "jot" (Simon Singh and the Chiropracters)?

Now if the Chiropracters actually won their case against Singh, couldn't the BHA sue Stephen Green for libel?

Martin said...

I think the BHA may have a way through by claiming that "no god" is a free offer. It's free at the point of sale, there's no delivery charge and as it's widely available there's not likelihood of it running out.

Glenn said...

"This could be a lot of fun. Suppose Green wins - then the BHA can complain about adverts saying "God loves you" etc. on the very same grounds."

The very same grounds? Only if there is no substantiation for the claim that God exists (and that he loves people). Not revealing a bias here, surely. ;)

Hambydammit said...

The very same grounds? Only if there is no substantiation for the claim that God exists (and that he loves people). Not revealing a bias here, surely. ;)

Really? Am I understanding you right that you think there is substantiation for the claim that God exists?

Actually, I kind of think it's a good thing that so many people believe there's evidence for god. If this thing stays in the public long enough for a competent first year philosophy student to get some basic epistemology in front of the public... wow... that would be fun to watch.

(Back on planet earth, this thing will get shut down one way or another before it gets to the level of threatening churches making claims about god. Count on it.)

The Celtic Chimp said...

I think we would be doing Christians a grave disservice to presume this Green nut is a fair example. A loon by even Christian standards ;P