Bell Curve The Law Talking Guy Raised by Republicans U.S. West
Well, he's kind of had it in for me ever since I accidentally ran over his dog. Actually, replace "accidentally" with "repeatedly," and replace "dog" with "son."

Friday, October 31, 2008

For RBR: A new ad campaign

I love freedom of speech. A group in the UK has started raising funds for a new ad Campaign to counter relgious advertisng. They are calling it the Atheist Bus Campaign . Apparently, they have gotten a lot of support. If they succeed, here is what the Athiest Bus would look like!

You gotta love the humor in that! How ironic on All Saints' Day!


Raised By Republicans said...

I couldn't have said it better myself! :-)

Dr. Strangelove said...

I love the "probably". I don't think this will win friends and influence people. But anything to help bring atheists out of the closet is a good thing.

The Law Talking Guy said...

Unfortunately, most people will think it's an ad for a TV show, then get confused about which TV show it is. The idea that someone is making a philosophical argument to them will take a while to notice. I do wish the ad were pitched a little differently. How about this:

"There's probably no God. So the love has to come from you."

Dr. Strangelove said...

Although I suspect the original was well-pitched to the already (un)converted, when playing to nominal Christians, I think LTG has the right idea. I like where he is going with his love reworking. Here's another thought, along the same lines...

"There's probably no God. We must learn to love each other."

Still a little bit of a caution, though, rather than a statement of hope. Maybe this is better?

"There's probably no God. We are each other's Angels."

uswest said...

I say we launch a campaign here. Let's start with snow mobiles on Wasilla.

Pombat said...

I wonder how long it will take for there to be spoofs of the "probably no god" along the lines of the Carlsberg ads? (tagline "probably the best beer in the world", distinctive font/style spoofed aplenty)

I also like where you're going with the love theme LTG. The best bit being that, as far as I understand, all the major religions promote loving each other, so can't object to that part of the message.

Going to be watching this one with interest.

Raised By Republicans said...

I like both of LTGs alternative slogans too. I like how it encourages people to take responsibility for their own morality.

The Law Talking Guy said...

The religious counterpart is from Teresa of Avila: "God has no other hands in this world but yours."

My point is that atheism does not do itself a great service by identifying itself with what are basically self-centered slogans like "enjoy your life." Neither do Christians do themselves favors when they pose the issue of faith entirely about individual and personal salvation.

I tell people (when asked) that the core of my faith is the belief that love is the organizing principle of the universe. There is no contradiction in an atheist saying that one ought to live as if this were true. But it is a mistake for atheists to sell their philosophy as hedonistic.