Earlier, we had an article on buses in Britain advertising atheism
Now, it seems that advertising using buses have now gained ground in several countries.
LONDON (AFP) – An atheist drive to persuade people that God doesn’t exist is catching on in a surprising fashion — on the sides of buses in a growing number of countries around the world.
With the concise message “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life,” the campaign took to the road in Britain this month, while similar drives are underway or planned in Spain, Italy,Canada and Australia.
Atheists in Italy and Spain, however, have had more success with their attempts.
Buses with a similar slogan to the Atheist Bus Campaign’s message, translated into Catalan, began appearing on two routes in Barcelona on Monday, with plans to extend the campaign to the rest of the country.
In Italy, meanwhile, buses with the slogan “The bad news is that God does not exist. The good news is that we do not need him” will begin traversing the northern Italian city of Genoa on February 4.
Here in Britain, apart from opposition from religious groups, some atheists are unhappy with the inclusion of the word “probably”, principally added so that it would adhere to British advertising rules.
Cave, though not in agreeance with the word’s inclusion, noted that the campaign is trying to make a broader point.
“I can see no evidence for God just as I can see no evidence for pineapples floating around the moon,” he said.
“I don’t say there probably aren’t any pineapples floating around the moon, I just say I know there aren’t any pineapples floating around the moon. But, it’s a piece of marketing, and I think it’s good because it makes people think.”
Now think about it really hard, which should be considered an offensive slogan (if one of them is even to be considered to be offensive at all):
1. “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life”
2. “There is a God. Now start examining yourself”
Should the first one really be considered as offensive or non-offensive as the latter?