The Battle of the Bus Adverts has begun in earnest. Now the Christians have taken up the challenge and responded with ads of their own, including the Russian Orthodox Church who, with tongue firmly out of cheek, produced ‘There IS a God’.
There is probably a geographical or cultural specificity to the effectiveness of these adverts. After all, one message probably wouldn’t play equally well in every city. So here’s a couple of suggestions for the atheist riposte, which is sure to come… any time now, depending on traffic conditions.
In New York:
HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU.
TYPICAL – YOU WAIT AGES FOR ONE THEN THREE COME ALONG AT ONCE.
Any others – or is it all just too silly?
The Atheist Bus Campaign story just keeps rolling along.
The latest is that after more than 400 complaints, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority is considering an investigation.
Meanwhile in Australia no such problems have been encountered, since the advertising industry is already censoring itself by refusing to work with anti-God ads.
It seems the ASA may be putting itself in the unenviable position of ruling on whether the claim that ‘There’s probably no God’ is misleading. To help the process along I can definitively advise that there is in fact a God in England and he has been located in Oxford, York, Manchester, London and Chester (see image), as well as at a number of places in Northumbria. This is obviously bad news for atheists, but it may be equally bad news for Christians, Jews and Muslims. The God in question is none other than Mithras, the subject of a popular ancient Roman mystery cult. In fact, evidence of his existence is to be found all over western Europe.
Paganism was banned in 341, but London’s Mithraic temple is due to be re-established by developers in 2009.
There is a serious point to this: by denying a certain type of god, contemporary Atheists risk lending that god some backhanded credibility.