Understand it better? No me neither. But I'm pretty sure I understood it in the first place. And if the son of God had just been born in a bus shelter, I'd probably just carry on walking once it was clear that enough people were providing maternity care, as I'm no midwife and I'd just feel like I was intruding. After all, Joseph would probably have enough to deal with, particularly the whole not actually being the father thing, without me getting involved.
This ad has even made it into the news this week, somehow. Perhaps that's because it's just so very original. But there was something about it that seemed familiar to me. Hadn't I blogged about a nativity scene in a bus shelter this time last year (see the image on the right)? I mean, I'm not saying they've copied the idea, but isn't there a chance they've copied the idea?
Still, the ad is so newsworthy that they had some guy from the Advertising Network on to Breakfast News yesterday to talk about it. Thankfully they also had Atheist Bus Campaign creator Ariane Sherine on to counter him, as he whipped out the old in our PC-culture people are stopping us from celebrating Christmas for fear of offending absolutely everyone, which is a travesty as our society is founded on Judeo-Christian values argument.
Ariane does a nice job of debating him (to clarify, she meant to say the world would be more peaceful if there was more apathy towards religion, not less), and he pretty much defeats himself when he uses the following argument as proof for the existence of God:
"You can't prove everything. I don't understand how television works, but I believe it works."Oh dear. Here's the clip: