Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Sorry Stephen Green, the Atheist Bus ads are not misleading

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Remember the other week when Stephen Green filed a complaint with the Advertising Standards Agency, arguing that the Atheist Bus ads were misleading the public by claiming that there is "probably no god"? Well, the ASA has today announced that it wont be investigating the complaint, saying:
"The ASA council concluded that the ad was an expression of the advertiser's opinion and that the claims in it were not capable of objective substantiation. Although the ASA acknowledges that the content of the ad would be at odds with the beliefs of many, it concluded that it was unlikely to mislead or to cause serious or widespread offence."
Better luck next time, Stephen. Maybe you'll win one of your madcap court cases/complaints one of these days. That is, if you don't completely bankrupt yourself first.

10 comments:

scottmaciver said...

This story is the funniest thing I've heard this year.

scottmaciver said...

Fuck me! Both petitions have 1,526 signatures at the time of writing this...

Everyone please email all free thinkers you know to sign our one.

Andy said...

if he had been successful, atheists could have presumably started asking the ASA to look at ads for god. that could have been entertaining.

James D said...

So can we have one reading:

Y mae'n debyg nad oes duw. Felly peidiwch รข phoeni a mwynhewch eich bywyd.

Anonymous said...

An unsurprising victory, thank you ASA.

Doesn't stop daft people behaving idiotically though :-
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/7832647.stm

I didn't realise drivers got to pick and chose which bus to drive. Yet again it shows how we (the non-religious) are far more accepting of other's beliefs than the religious are of ours. It's a bloody bit of paper, on a bus, and it says probably! Will his world fall apart if he dares sits on the bus?

scottmaciver said...

"Yet again it shows how we (the non-religious) are far more accepting of other's beliefs than the religious are of ours."

Although I like the sentiment I must dissagree. For one thing I outright refuse to accept or respect another persons' superstitions.

If I was a bus driver I would flat out refuse to drive any bus with a theist ad on it...but I have a feeling that I wouldn't be given the same rights and protection under the law.

Anonymous said...

This was never an atheist ad in the first place.
It states "probably no god" this is Agnostic. Religious people fear Agnostics far more because the burden of proof is entirely in religions hands...and religion, despite thousands of years of history and development have failed.
I dont have a problem with the notion of god (whatever makes people happy ey) my problem is gods little fucking messengers that devour sense from this world

Anonymous said...

Religions are SO scared that they might be wrong. They hate the light of truth. They much prefer death and destruciton in some god's name.

Anonymous said...

the complaint is a win win for us. either hes an idiot or i can get all the god propaganda taken down.

gina94984 said...

about time good sense won out over irrational panicking