The Atheist Bus Campaign

The Atheist Bus Campaign was finally launched this week, with adverts on buses and trains across England. The adverts show quotes from historical figures expressing doubt in the existance of god and the slogan There’s probably no god, now stop worrying and enjoy your life.

The campaign was originally started as a response to the Jesus Said ads running on London buses in June 2008. These ads displayed the URL of a website which stated that non-Christians “will be condemned to everlasting separation from God and then you spend all eternity in torment in hell … Jesus spoke about this as a lake of fire prepared for the devil”.

‘Our rational slogan will hopefully reassure anyone who has been scared by this kind of evangelism’, says Ariane Sherine who started the campaign.

Personally, I initially found the slogan a bit weak. I understand that it would’ve been against advertising standards to say, for example, There is no god, now stop worrying and enjoy your life, as it is, after all, impossible to prove the non-existance of anything.

But I feel that the inclusion of the word probably indicates a possibility that god does, in fact, exist. There almost certainly is no god, would’ve been better, but apparently the campaign didn’t think it was snappy enough.

However, the Guardian today reports that the Advertising Standards Authority has received nearly 150 complaints about the campaign. It’s clearly working.

It would be great if ASA actually took the complaints forward. What a brilliant investigation – one side trying to prove that good existed, one that he probably doesn’t.

No question where my money is.


1 Comment

  1. Didn’t Karl Popper once philossphised that falsification is only thing you can be certain of? If no one can prove there IS no God, no one can prove there IS a God. I dunno where the emphasis lies.

    Happy Obama Day.

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