Saturday, January 10, 2009

Christian challenges atheist bus advert

Ohh, we have the first challenger. What he says is so silly I find myself wanting to give him a pat on the head more than argue philosophy.

Posted on by Ian Dunt:

A leading Christian activist has made a formal complaint about the atheist bus adverts which were launched nationwide this week.

The 800 buses launched for the campaign feature the slogan: "There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."

Now Stephen Green of Christian Voice, who formerly hit the front pages by launching a legal challenge against Jerry Springer the Opera on the BBC, has complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and is calling for the adverts to be withdrawn.

Mr. Green released a statement saying: "I believe the ad breaks the Advertising Code, unless the advertisers hold evidence that God probably does not exist.

"The ASA does not just cover goods and services, it covers all advertising. The advertisers cannot hide behind the ASA's 'matters of opinion' exclusion, because no person or body is named as the author of the statement. It is given as a statement of fact and that means it must be capable of substantiation if it is not to break the rules."

Mr. 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.

Speaking to distinguished philosopher A C Grayling defended the slogan, saying there was ample justification for the claim.

"The evidential basis for God is the same as for believing there are fairies at the bottom of the garden, and if you don't believe the latter, you shouldn't believe the former," he said.

Professor Grayling admitted secretly welcoming any Advertising Standards inquiry into the adverts, because it would necessarily impact on Christian adverts as well.

Most notably, it could affect the adverts of the Alpha Foundation, an organization whose advert prompted the atheist response. It organizes Christian seminars nationwide and is described by God Delusion author Richard Dawkins as "a pretty dopey sort of organization".

Hanne Stinson, chief executive of the British Humanist Association (BHA), said: "I’ve sought advice from some of our key people here, but I’m afraid all I’ve got out of them so far is peals of laughter.

"I am sure that Stephen Green really does think there is a great deal of evidence for a God (though presumably only the one that he believes in) but I pity the ASA if they are going to be expected to rule on the probability of god’s existence."

Silly people.

On a side note, I’m want to talk about Lindsay Lohan. (Never thought I would type those words.) I don’t understand America’s unhealthy obsession with people in the entertainment business and generally I could care less.

But today I was reading one of those weekly roundups on yahoo and it mentioned “Lindsay Lohan and her gal pal Samantha Ronson.”

For some reason the “gal pal” part really bothered me. I typed it into a yahoo search and page after page of “gal pal” references came up.

People get over it. They’re queer. We don’t treat Ellen and Potia’s relationship like that.

I don’t know if it has to do with their age, or if people just don’t want to really believe Lindsay is gay. Either way it bothers me. I'm not sure exactly why, but it does.

So, stop it people.

Cause we all know you listen to me bitch and do everything I say.

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