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Advertising Is Not Dead! Atheist Bus Campaign Runs in UK

If religious organizations can advertise, why shouldn't atheists be able to? That's what England decided, when atheist ads were proposed and accepted. They are a response to religious ads that ran in 2008, which suggested people who don't believe in god would "spend all eternity in torment."

This Tuesday "There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life" was splayed across 800 buses. And next week, the campaign will move underground, where 1,000 ads featuring quotes from Emily Dickinson, Albert Einstein, and Katharine Hepburn will ride the subway.

Of course, you can't help but notice it says there's probably no god. What kind of atheist says that? To see why the atheists hesitated on the nonexistence of god,


"Probably" was an edit made to add ambiguity and appease British advertising guidelines. "There is no god" would, after all, be inaccurate to those who believe.

And maybe those edits were smart because nobody in the already secular country seems to care. The Queen, head of the Church of England, has been, well, mum. And even the Methodist Church welcomed the campaign as a way to get people talking about god. So, what is it? Free speech prattle? A way to talk about God or no god? Or a sign that atheism is becoming more and more accepted?


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kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Oh come on! You have to remember the Stonecutters! They are classic Simpsons. I think it may be from the 6th season. I suggest you do yourself a favor and watch it immediately. You will laugh your butt off.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I don't remember that one, no. But I do remember when Homer was selected to be the Mayor's secret service agent. I still quote that when my wife gets mad (It makes her laugh).
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Ah the glory days of the Simpsons. Dave, you don't remember when Homer because the secret society's leader? They made him walk naked with a huge wait attached to his neck.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I try to watch the Simpsons, but I can't remember that song. (I also have the 1st 10 Seasons on DVD. My wife doesn't like it.)
stephley stephley 8 years
Wow, I remember that song and I haven't watched the Simpsons in years!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Oh man no one else watches The Simpsons? Who built the pyramids? The Stonecutters among other things. The Stonecutters Song - Who controls the British crown? Who keeps the metric system down? We do! We do! Who keeps Atlantis off the maps? Who keeps the Martians under wraps? We do! We do! Who holds back the electric car? Who makes Steve Guttenberg a star? We do! We do! Who robs the cave fish of their site? Who rigs every Oscar night? We do! We do!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
It very well may catch on, but that doesn't make it right. I think it is condoning chaos, as long as you have a good time and enjoy yourselves. I gotta tell ya, you can have a good time and still be religious. The positive side is that when you aren't having a good time (which happens to everyone), you have your faith to help get you through it.
Lyv Lyv 8 years
I could not be more thrilled about this and I hope it catches on around the globe, but this was a very irresponsible start! They make it sound like we don't have religions because it's a hassle and we don't care about burning in hell as long as we make the most of our earthly lives. It's more complicated than that.
bleached bleached 8 years
"Who built the pyramids?" The Goa'uld...
m0readventur0us m0readventur0us 8 years
well if you can sell atheism then i know some car salesmen that need work. just give them new shirts and 15% and they will move some product. and of course circut city needes some thing to set them apart from best buy. send them a pallet or two. lol
jenks88 jenks88 8 years
no more news in england i guess :I More boris johnson on Citizensugar! woop.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Liberal Sugar, of course!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
LS? Maybe I should start a Brown Sugar and go by Sugar Bear....haha
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Oh, hypno. Come hang out in LS. We know everything!
True-Song True-Song 8 years
A coup? No. Well, there has been speculation that Sugar, Inc., being a company based in San Francisco, does not have much interest in pushing a conservative agenda. But otherwise I think they just anticipated interest in politics waning post-election and made the business decision to cut someone.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Damn who's working on the inside to get all of that information.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Well... you learn something new everyday.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
lol, or is this a cuo attempt by the conservative like in the movie Valkeri to make us think Liberty is out?
True-Song True-Song 8 years
The person who primarily blogged as CitizenSugar was let go along with eight others shortly before the election. I understand just one person, the primary Liberty blogger, now does most of the posts alone.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
The ad sells nothing. Unless you can sell atheism. I'm confused too hypno. So don't feel bad.
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
Do we know what this ad is selling?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Wait a min. ya'll have me confused now. Liberty didn't go no where & Citizen still here so I don't know what you're talking about now.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
So it's no longer Citizen and Liberty? Hmmm... didn't know.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Y'all need to decide if it was a "sudden left turn" or if you think Citizen wasn't a real Republican anyways. Get your stories straight.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Sudden left turn? I'll agree it's always been left of center but Citizen was always thought to be the more conservative of the two.
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