There’s Probably No God……

In my opinion, Richard Dawkins’s passion for atheism just categorizes him as yet another high priest, but I have to agree with his views on the latest advertising campaign by the British Humanist Association:[1]

The advertising banner reads:

There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life”

Which seems excellent advice to me.

For more on this, visit “How This Old Brit Sees It” where there’s a link to the BBC website carrying the story.

[1] British Humanist Association website

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*With apologies to Monty Python

6 Replies to “There’s Probably No God……”

  1. I love these – just wish I was going to be in London in the next few months in order to see them…
    I get really fed up of being bombarded with adverts for “The Alpha Course” and with verses of the bible – on my way in to work, there are never less than three of these, usually one at my entrance station and two at the exit station. About 50% of the time there is another one up on the advertising hoardings as I walk the 15 mins from the station to my office.
    I have no problems with religion, just not having it stuffed in my face all of the time!

  2. Like yourself J.R., I consider evangelising “zealot” atheists exactly the same as any other fundy zealots – dogmatic pains in the proverbial.

    Thankfully, most atheists and ‘belivers’ (of several different religions) that I know personally, aren’t zealots. For that reason I have never had any problems with any of them.

    As I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion, I’ve been agnostic for many, many years. But that’s not to say I won’t ever change – be it one way or another. An oldie I may be but I’m neither afraid of change nor of being proved wrong. If I were, I’d probably spend my time doing just about anything other than the things I do, if you catch my drift.

    Btw, thanks for the cite.

  3. I’d rather have the banner (if in the USA) say “There’s no McCain, now stop worrying and enjoy life”.

    I’m not sure what the banner is meant to do, it won’t change anybody’s mind about God, but in an equal opportunities environment, and with church signs springing up all over the place, it’s an attempt to keep the balance, I guess.

    Some church signs are actually quite clever, we look out for good ones when on the road. Eg “Meet me at my house after the game – God.”

  4. Jo – in America churches abound everywhere – all with their advertising slogans stuck outside. I doubt this type of campaign would be effective in central Illinois. The Christians would bomb the bus.

    TOB – the Christian religion over here is a different animal from in Britain. In places it’s quite sinister, with an undercurrent of violence. While most Christian Americans are very tolerant, there’s a minority that are downright scary.

    WWW – that’s an excellent observation. Why don’t atheist foundations have tax-free status?

    Twilight – church signs? They get them from the internet. Here’s some examples:

    “No God — No Peace. Know God — Know Peace.”

    “Free Trip to heaven. Details Inside!”

    “Try our Sundays. They are better than Baskin-Robbins.”

    “Searching for a new look? Have your faith lifted here!”

    An ad for St.Joseph’s Episcopal Church has a picture of two hands holding stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments are inscribed and a headline that reads, “For fast, fast, fast relief, take two tablets.”

    “Have trouble sleeping? We have sermons — come hear one!”

    “People are like tea bags — you have to put them in hot water before you know how strong they are.”

    “Come in and pray today. Beat the Christmas rush!”

    “When down in the mouth, remember Jonah. He came out alright.”

    “Sign broken. Message inside this Sunday.”

    “Fight truth decay — study the Bible daily.”

    “How will you spend eternity — Smoking or Non-smoking?”

    “Dusty Bibles lead to Dirty Lives”:

    “Come work for the Lord. The work is hard, the hours are long and the pay is low. But the retirement benefits are out of this world.”

    “It is unlikely there’ll be a reduction in the wages of sin.”

    “If you’re headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns.”

    “If you don’t like the way you were born, try being born again.”

    “Looking at the way some people live, they ought to obtain eternal fire insurance soon.”

    “This is a ch_ _ ch. What is missing? U R”
    “Forbidden fruit creates many jams.”

    “In the dark? Follow the Son.”

    “Running low on faith? Stop in for a fill-up.”

    “If you can’t sleep, don’t count sheep. Talk to the Shepherd.”

    If you really want church marketing, try TruthAdvertising.Org

    Al – God doesn’t seem to be doing too well right now, two of His advertising sites are down, and His main income is coming from “Snacky Serve”, which appears to be promoting the smoking of marijuana! Methinks the Devil has crept in and corrupted His pixels.

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