Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Official body explains why bus ad complaints were knocked back

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Here's a nice bit of reading - the Committee of Advertising Practice, which is part of the Advertising Standards Agency, have an article on their website explaining why they chose not to pursue the complaints lodged against the Atheist Bus ads and the subsequent Christian "There definitely is a God" ads. It's a proper article, i.e. not an official ruling or anything, and it's great to see an official body like this explaining themselves in this way. You certainly have to congratulate them on the final paragraph:
It should be heartening to those who have watched this story play out in the media to see that the ASA has not wasted its time and resources in trying to investigate and arbitrate on whether God exists. As long as advertiser’s opinions are expressed within the bounds of taste and decency, the ASA is unlikely to have cause to act. Surely it is much more important for the ASA to concentrate on ensuring consumers are protected from misleading ads and establishing a level playing field for business? Probably. No, definitely. Amen.

6 comments:

Brian said...

The core of the judgement seems to be that the statement "there definitely is a god" is "not capable of objective substantiation". Well, exactly!

Anonymous said...

The fact that nobody can actually say that God doesn't exist has to lean in favor of the church, however the church can't complain because there's no physical proof of Gods' existence.

Lame blogging on display! - The chicken and egg theory is a bit done to death!

Move on, and shapen up Mr Sims, you're capable of better than this!

Anonymous said...

I am quite surprised that we haven't had a religious bus driver refuse to drive the bus because of the advertisement.

Anonymous said...

I am quite surprised that we haven't had a religious bus driver refuse to drive the bus because of the advertisement.

We did. He was shocked...shocked i tell you...and had to take the day off...or something.

Anonymous said...

Someone did complain in Southampton

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/16/atheism-christian-advertisements-buses

Anonymous said...

The initiative taken for the concern is very serious and needs an attention of everyone. This is the concern which exists in the society and needs to be eliminated from the society as soon as possible.

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