Advertising Board to Rule on the Existence of God

Ooooo… this is getting good!

It seems that some folks have launched complaints about the Atheist “Ads” on British buses. At least one complainant is objecting to the ads on “factual” grounds:

Stephen Green, the Christian campaigner who led the protests against the BBC’s broadcast of Jerry Springer – The Opera, is claiming they should be taken down because the statement in the adverts cannot be substantiated. 

He said: “If you’re going to put out what appears to be a factual statement then you have to be able to back it up. They’ve got to substantiate this proposition that in all probability, God doesn’t exist.” 

The ASA is now considering whether to investigate his complaint, which could lead to it reaching a deep ontological conclusion about a supreme being. 

If it ruled that the wording in the posters was unsubstantiated, it would be interpreted as effectively saying that in all probability God does exist. 

Ruling that the words were justified could be taken as an agreement that God probably does not exist. 

How interesting would that be, if the ASA rules (either way), and then it’s appealed to the courts?! I would seriously have to consider quitting my job, moving to England, and live-blogging the entire spectacle!


4 Responses

  1. Beware any cause which uses the word “decency”!

    My favorite quote from the story:

    Hanne Stinson, the group’s chief executive, 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.”

    The best medicine.

  2. I think the case should go to the highest court in the land, and then the deity should pull a deus ex machina in a dramatic court room scene — – just like George Burns did!!!

    Life should be more like the movies.

    Wouldn’t it be cool if Ganesh showed up?

  3. Why should we have to prove that god doesn’t exist if Christians can’t prove that he does? “having faith” that he exists is not proof. Does this man actually think that the bible is factual proof that god exists? What the hell?

  4. Since God didn’t write the bible and man did, I can’t see how it would used as proof of God’s existance. If you are looking for the bible in a library or a bookstore, why do you think it’s not in the non-fiction section? It’s in the “Religion” section because no one wanted to put it with fiction, either.

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