Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Atheist Bus Campaign receives the ultimate accolade...

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You know you're doing something right when you get an arsey response from Stephen Green:
"How funny that Richard Dawkins is so scared of the threat which evangelical Christianity poses to atheism and his beloved Darwinism that he has to fund a campaign to attack God. He really is the nearest thing atheists have to an evangelist while his belief in non-belief is held with a fervour which many religious people would do well to emulate, so long as they don't make themselves look as inept as he so often does, poor man ... The atheist advertisers will have to be quick or the bendy-buses will be off the road in Boris's purge, taking the anti-God message with them. Bendy-buses, like atheism, are a danger to the public at large."
But it's not offensive or an "attack on God" at all, is it Stephen? It's a nice positive challenge to the hell fire message you like to preach, merely encouraging people to chill out a bit and live their lives. Telling gay people they're doomed to unbearable pain forever – now that's offensive.

For our part, we're still waiting to hear what he thinks of our Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People shows (follow that link for ticket details) – if you're reading Stephen, you in part inspired Robin Ince to organise them when you wound him up on ITV last year. So thanks for that.

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11 comments:

AT said...

See what else Green has to say:

'I should be surprised if a quasi-religious advertising campaign like this did not attract graffiti. People don't like being preached at. Sometimes it does them good, but they still don't like it. The advertising space on a bendy-bus is just the right height as well.'

While contradicting himself as to the value of preaching, Green very un-subtly advocates a Christian graffiti campaign against the atheist bus. Every time you think he couldn't be more of an idiot, he proves you wrong.

Father David Heron said...

Most of the Churches will welcome this advert for generating sensible debate. But why do you engage with Stephen Green who is obviously off his rocker? You can't have a serious conversation with a nutcase.

Paul Sims said...

I wouldn't say we "engage" with Stephen Green. We mock him. The BBC on the other hand quote him as the "Christian Voice" he wrongly purports to be:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7681914.stm

George said...

Steven Green isn't the only one desperate to put a negative spin on this - check out this bitter piece of straw man bashing by the supposedly responsible 'think tank' Theos...

www.theosthinktank.co.uk/Theos_donates_to_atheist_bus_campaign.aspx?ArticleID=2601&PageID=14&RefPageID=5

Anonymous said...

This is good for this world .If nothing else it will evolve a new type of religious thinking akin to the unbiased thoughts here of Father David Heron .

jesusblogger said...

The addition of the word probably will cause many people who are unsure to think about whether there is a God or not. I expect that while those who are confirmed in their Athiest views will be happy some Agnostics will turn to God as a result of these ads.

valdemar said...

The campaign had raised over 100,000 quid when I last checked earlier today. That's quite a response. Can I be a possible tit and suggest forming a Secular Party? I'd be happy to donate my time and money to it. Yes, politics, I know. But why not give rational people a party they can vote for with a good conscience?

Andrea said...

Steven is right to pity Professor Dawkins. After all he is a well respected academic, best selling author and supporter of many successful campaigns which support personal freedom throughout the world and Richard Dawkins is a sad man posing as a pressure group who’s hate-filled and bitter campaigns have left him financially ruined and a national laughing stock
Oh, wait…

suzanne said...

Those who laugh at followers of Jesus, why do you think you are so right, and so self-righteous, so arrogant. If you bother to read the Bible those who mocked at Jesus are very much like you today. From the cross, though, Jesus prays for them: Father, forgive them. They just don't know what they're doing. I really don't think you do.

Karen Hardiman said...

I'd Just like to say this is great. It's time those of us who do not follow a religion can feel comfortable about our beliefs. I have always and will continue to be respectful of other peoples choices. But I really would like those who think it's their job to change people to their way of thinking or to judge people as bad because of their beliefs,to see for a change just what that feels like when the shoe is on the other foot! The golden rule is simply be kind to one another.

Anonymous said...

So sad to think that Atheists really believe that Christians don't have fun and enjoy life. The message of the Gospels makes it abundantly clear that as believers we are forgiven our sins past, present and future, and so we are free to enjoy life here on earth and look forward to an even better life in eternity. A life seperate from God would be Hell both here and in eternity for believers. We are called upon to love others, whoever they are, and to respect, not condemn people.