Atheist ads offensive?

11 Jan

This news article was hidden deep in yesterday morning’s paper. It talks about the upbeat Atheist advertisements that are being posted on over 800 London busses. They read “There’s probably no god, so stop worrying and enjoy your life”.

I think it’s wonderful. The woman who started it, Ariane Sherine, said she decided to after seeing a religious ad on a bus warning people that they were going to burn in hell.

What I think is really funny is how some people don’t like the ads, saying “they’re in your face”, as one LA tourist put it. In your face? So it’s ok for religious groups to advertise how you’re a horrible wreck that’s going to burn for eternity, but the moment some Atheists say “relax and enjoy life” it’s in your face?

I just think it’s so hypocritical that people who espouse a belief in free speech are fine with religious ads, especially if they are ads of their own religion, but the moment somebody else puts up an ad that’s contrary to their views it becomes offensive.

I’d like to put in a little quote here that I think is fitting.

‘If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.’ ~Noam Chomsky.

One Response to “Atheist ads offensive?”

  1. Havoc January 12, 2009 at 2:56 pm #

    God damn it.. How do I delete it? Well..
    It’s really nice to see that our non-belief is being publicized, but i must say that this slogan in the bus sounds pretty much dumb to everyone, except to agnostics and atheists.

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