Feckin Hypocrites

Seems the Christians are going to counter the UK atheist bus campaign with their own campaign.

The new campaign is organsied by the Christian Party, the Trinitarian Bible Society and the Russian Orthodox Church. Their pro-God campaigns will run on 175 buses for two weeks from Monday.

Now I have no problem with this, free speech, no censorship and all that, what I do have a problem with is the hypocrisy coming from elements of the religious  community.

Last month the Advertising Standards Authority received almost 150 complaints that the atheist bus campaign was offensive to Christians, and that the “no God” claim could not be substantiated. [emphasis mine]

For a start, the atheist advert actually says “There’s probably no God”, note the word probably. I have been led to understand that probably was specifically added to counter any complaints that it was being asserted that God definitely does not exist. But still some brain dead morons had to complain and try and get the adverts removed because they were making an unsubstantiated claim.

What some religious people also still don’t seem to have gotten through their thick heads, is that the atheist bus campaign was started in response to religious adverts that basically threatened all non-beleivers to hell and damnation. But now three religious groups have decided they need to counter the atheist adverts, as if we started the ‘fight’. Lets hope this isn’t going to spiral out of control in some sort of claim/counter-claim bus advertising smackdown.

So what is the problem I have with the Christian bus advertising claim? Well, these are two of the three adverts planned:

“There definitely is a God. So join the Christian Party and enjoy your life.”

and

“There IS a God, BELIEVE. Don’t worry and enjoy your life.”

Do you see the problem? I’ll make it clearer by bolding the problematic wording.

“There definitely is a God.”, and “There IS a God” (and the second one was made easy as they capitalised it). Now I don’t know about you, but to me both of those statements are 100% unsubstantiated claims. Both claims have left no room for question (unlike the atheist one which used the word “probably”) they are bold statements that God exists, as a fact. Well I for one have never seen any evidence for God’s existence, have you?

This is where my heading, Feckin Hypocrites, comes from. Members of the religious community accuse the atheist bus campaign of unsubstantiated claims and then make an even bigger more unsubstantiated claim. Hypocrites!

The third Christian advert is going to be:

“The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God”  taken from Psalm 53:1

Well all I can say to that is:

… but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. taken from Matthew 5:22

Who’s the fool now?


Hat Tip to AtheistBus for the link to the article in the Guardian, from whence the above quotes come from, and to drunkenmadman for finding the Matthew 5:22 bible link.

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11 responses to “Feckin Hypocrites

  1. This makes me wonder if UK Atheists can complain to the Advertising Standards Authority. It would be stellar to see these ads turned down on the basis that they are (and they definitely are) making unsubstantiated claims.

  2. I’d just like to do a tip of the hat to @HappySinger, who originally told me about the Matthew 5:22 verse.

    @DrunkenMadman

  3. rgz

    Boundless hypocrisy.

  4. I think we’ll see it get turned down due to unsubstantiated claims. If not.. NO MERCY!

  5. Pot, meet kettle. Kettle, pot.

  6. I agree with you that the hypocrisy is astounding. It’s made even more astounding because I have no doubt that they don’t see it… at all.

  7. ryno

    I foresee a few appropriately-sized stickers.

    “There definitely is a God. So join the Christian Party and enjoy your life.”

    becomes

    “There definitely is no God. So join the Christian Party and enjoy your lie.”

    It’s possibly better to let them spend all that money, and just amend the adverts.

  8. DB

    The only reason I can see for their counter-ad is that they know how effective they have been. Score 1-0, us.

  9. Not sure if I’d want to go to a christian party. Be pretty boring.

    Unless it was Catholics. Then there would be plenty of booze and gambling.

  10. This is how my article would look if I had to worry about lawyers or wanted to be diplomatic.

    The British Humanist Association’s response to the christian advertising campaign. http://www.humanism.org.uk/news/view/212

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