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Richard Dawkins launches 'There is no God' adverts on buses across Britain
The Times (U.K.) / Various ^ | January 6, 2009 | Ruth Gledhill

Posted on 01/06/2009 10:20:23 AM PST by Stoat

The campaign was conceived by Ariane Sherine, a comedy writer who dreamed of just one bus going around London with an atheist slogan after she saw a similar advertisement for Christianity on the back of a bus.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: advertising; atheism; atheist; atheistsupremacist; britain; buses; dawkins; england; greatbritain; hedonismnow; hedonist; ifitfeelsgooddoit; moralabsolutes; richarddawkins; uk; unitedkingdom
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BBC NEWS UK Atheists launch bus ad campaign

Atheists launch bus ad campaign

Richard Dawkins on bus running atheist bus advert
Professor Dawkins gave a personal donation of £5,500 to the campaign

An atheist advertising campaign has been launched on buses across Britain.

A fund-raising drive for the promotion, carrying the slogan "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life", raised more than £140,000.

The campaign, which will also feature on the Tube, is backed by the British Humanist Association and prominent atheist, Professor Richard Dawkins.

The Church of England said Christian faith allowed people to put their life into a "proper perspective".

A spokesman said: "We would defend the right of any group representing a religious or philosophical position to be able to promote that view through appropriate channels.

"However, Christian belief is not about worrying or not enjoying life."


1 posted on 01/06/2009 10:20:24 AM PST by Stoat
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To: Stoat

Guy’s got more money than sense.


2 posted on 01/06/2009 10:21:31 AM PST by DManA
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To: Stoat

3 posted on 01/06/2009 10:22:06 AM PST by Ron Jeremy (sonic)
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To: Stoat

“There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life...”

... but be wary of the dangers of Islam.


4 posted on 01/06/2009 10:22:31 AM PST by MyTwoCopperCoins
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To: Stoat
How insecure does someone have to be to launch an ad campaign proclaiming the non-existence of something?

Why not an ad campaign stating “Unicorns aren't real,” unless, of course, you are afraid as hell that they may be.

5 posted on 01/06/2009 10:22:40 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Abortion has become little more than the New Left's execution of political prisoners.)
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To: DManA

Or “There is no judgement after you die, so go rob, rape, murder and there are only consequences if our understaffed and underfunded legal system catches you.”

There is no God. Only attorneys and judges.


6 posted on 01/06/2009 10:23:45 AM PST by whitedog57
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To: Stoat

How about a “There is no Allah” bus ad?


7 posted on 01/06/2009 10:25:02 AM PST by lodi90
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To: Stoat

“Now stop worrying and enjoy your life”.

Said the grasshopper to the ant.

Aesop was no fool. Dawkins is.


8 posted on 01/06/2009 10:26:23 AM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
How insecure does someone have to be to launch an ad campaign proclaiming the non-existence of something? Why not an ad campaign stating “Unicorns aren't real,” unless, of course, you are afraid as hell that they may be.

I'm not so sure...the people who put out the magazines "The Skeptical Inquirer" and "Skeptic" devote their time to showing that astrology, bigfoot, and ESP don't exist, but I don't think they're afraid that they actually do.

9 posted on 01/06/2009 10:26:37 AM PST by GL of Sector 2814
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To: Stoat

His sign made me laugh. “There’s PROBABLY no God”. What if you’re wrong, dude?
What a dumb a**.


10 posted on 01/06/2009 10:27:34 AM PST by texaschick
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

I don’t think it’s about insecurity as much as it is about people attributing their wilful deeds or misdeeds to an imaginary being, to claim some sort of immunity against rationality.

How many people do you see everyday who would do things in a unicorn’s name?


11 posted on 01/06/2009 10:27:56 AM PST by MyTwoCopperCoins
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To: lodi90
How about a “There is no Allah” bus ad?

Insulting muslims is unacceptable and is regarded as hate speech (and will cause several hundred buses to be blown up) whereas insulting Christians is perfectly acceptable and is regarded as 'healthy, thoughtful debate'.

But you knew that  :-)

12 posted on 01/06/2009 10:29:07 AM PST by Stoat (Palin / Coulter 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: Stoat

Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today
Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today
And don’t worry ‘bout tomorrow,
hey, hey, hey
Sha-la-la-la-la-la,
live for today
Live for today

The Grass Roots - “Let’s Live for Today”


13 posted on 01/06/2009 10:29:21 AM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: Stoat
These people will not like the results if they succeed in getting God banned from society.

When God is kicked out, thugs and murderers move in. The world will revert back to dog eat dog rule, not by reasonable people, but by the meanest.

Think of a rusty jeep with a 50 cal mounted, a bunch of dirty thugs inside, patrolling their "territories"...or think of MS13 running things.

Even the atheists will be longing for the influence of Christanity.

14 posted on 01/06/2009 10:29:33 AM PST by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance...)
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To: DManA

He meant to advertise “there is no God in England”. The Lord gave up on that place a long time ago.


15 posted on 01/06/2009 10:30:06 AM PST by Radl (rtr)
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To: texaschick
His sign made me laugh. “There’s PROBABLY no God”. What if you’re wrong, dude?

Then Odin won't let him into Valhalla, since he won't know to die with a sword in his hand.

16 posted on 01/06/2009 10:30:38 AM PST by GL of Sector 2814
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To: Stoat

“There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life...”

#####

These two statements are mutually exclusive.

If there were no God, then we WOULD have nothing but worry.


17 posted on 01/06/2009 10:32:10 AM PST by EyeGuy
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To: texaschick
What if you’re wrong, dude?

It would be better to be faithful to one's conscience, than to feign belief, in anticipation of some imagined reward.

18 posted on 01/06/2009 10:32:55 AM PST by MyTwoCopperCoins
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To: Radl

There is no God in England, Mohammedism is moving in.


19 posted on 01/06/2009 10:33:54 AM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: Stoat
"There's probably no God. So stop worrying and enjoy your life"

Adolescently smug and glib at the same time.

I guess it never occurred to these "sages" that a devoutly religious person could enjoy life and his humble place in it.

20 posted on 01/06/2009 10:34:57 AM PST by Flycatcher (Strong copy for a strong America)
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To: lodi90

We are not even permitted to point out that muslims do NOT believe in the same God as Jews and Christians.

Our world lost its collective mind on 9-11-2001.


21 posted on 01/06/2009 10:35:34 AM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins
No, it's not.

Read the ad.

He is trying to excuse/rationalize self-centered behavior because of a lack of omniscient being who may or may not punish “enjoyable” behavior. The fact that he generalizes God (which includes the gamut from strict fundamentalists of every stripe to the Universalist Unitarian church) indicates that he doesn't give a whit for what you state.

He could just as easily have ran an ad that said: “Relax. There probably is no God. But go ahead and follow the teachings of Jesus anyway” or “so go ahead and practice self-restraint for the good of others” or “but continue to give to charity because it is good for them and good for you.”

He only wants to deny any type of omniscience that may have an expectation of His creation.

It is silly. He is silly. And he is defeating his own contention.

22 posted on 01/06/2009 10:35:54 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Abortion has become little more than the New Left's execution of political prisoners.)
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To: Flycatcher

So much better for those with a God complex to deny He exists and then to step in and fill that void themselves.


23 posted on 01/06/2009 10:36:11 AM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: Stoat

Richard Dawkins irritates the pee out of me.

So what if you don’t believe in God? Why do you make it your campaign to make sure other people don’t either?

And these morons who claim “I don’t want a God that creates ‘religion’” don’t realize they have THE VERY SAME KIND OF RELIGION. Dogma is dogma.


24 posted on 01/06/2009 10:36:49 AM PST by autumnraine
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To: lodi90
How about a “There is no Allah” bus ad?

Whoa! That's a great idea!

Someone should fund that one ... but I wouldn't want to be the one driving THAT bus around.

Which I'm sure is why they used the word God instead of Allah (or both) in the bus ads. They are cowards.

25 posted on 01/06/2009 10:37:03 AM PST by Lorianne
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To: weegee
We are not even permitted to point out that muslims do NOT believe in the same God as Jews and Christians.

We're not?

But you just did...evidently it is allowed.

26 posted on 01/06/2009 10:37:41 AM PST by GL of Sector 2814
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To: GL of Sector 2814
Yeah, the content of those magazines are a worthy course of study.
27 posted on 01/06/2009 10:38:26 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Abortion has become little more than the New Left's execution of political prisoners.)
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To: Stoat

The BBC photo doesn’t include the Stalin picture.


28 posted on 01/06/2009 10:38:53 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Stoat
Ole Dawkins will be first in line when his god of knowledge.... shows up first.
29 posted on 01/06/2009 10:39:47 AM PST by Just mythoughts (Isa.3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.)
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To: DManA

I wonder if he could get away with a sign that said THERE ARE NO UFO’S?


30 posted on 01/06/2009 10:40:45 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins
Manson followed his conscience. So did Lenin and Stalin.

One's own conscience can lead one astray. It's important to use our intelligence and the tools that God has given us.

If you need to err on one side of the other (of your ‘blind-faith’ argument) isn't it better to live according to a philosophy that says do not harm others and do what you can to help them?

31 posted on 01/06/2009 10:41:13 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Abortion has become little more than the New Left's execution of political prisoners.)
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To: Stoat

How about: there IS a God now go enjoy yourself.


32 posted on 01/06/2009 10:42:23 AM PST by svcw (Great selection of gift baskets: http://baskettastic.com/)
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To: Stoat
There's probably no God.

But beware of the spaghetti monster!

33 posted on 01/06/2009 10:42:59 AM PST by Rokurota
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Professor Dawkins,

If you don't know GOD, don't make stupid remarks!!!! A United States Marine was attending some college courses between assignments. He had completed missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

One of the courses had a professor who was an avowed atheist and a member of the ACLU.

One day the professor shocked the class when he came in. He looked to the ceiling and flatly stated, 'God, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I'll give you exactly 15 min.' The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop.

Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed, 'Here I am God. I'm still waiting.'

It got down to the last couple of minutes when the Marine got out of his chair, went up to the professor, and cold-cocked him; knocking him off the platform. The professor was out cold. The Marine went back to his seat and sat there, silently. The other students were shocked and stunned and sat there looking on in silence.

The professor eventually came to, noticeably shaken, looked at the Marine and asked, 'What the heck is the matter with you? Why did you do that?' The Marine calmly replied, 'God was too busy today protecting America's soldiers who are protecting your right to say stupid stuff and act like an idiot. So, He sent me.'

Don't know if the above story is true or not .... but I love a story with a happy ending.

34 posted on 01/06/2009 10:43:46 AM PST by Boston Blackie
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To: Stoat

How many hospitals have atheists ever built and served in?

How much compassion do these Godophobes genuinely portray?

Could there be any connection?

Help get others to ask questions like that....


35 posted on 01/06/2009 10:44:55 AM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: Stoat

Notice that Christianity is the primary, if not indeed the only, target of the atheists and their ilk?

It’s because Christianity is the only threat to Satan.


36 posted on 01/06/2009 10:46:18 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: DManA

This was the article that started the whole thing:

Atheists – gimme fiveSince when is it OK to spread the fear of God from the side of a bus? Let’s get together and distribute reassurance
Ariane Sherine guardian.co.uk,
Friday 20 June 2008 09.30 BST

Yesterday I walked to work and saw not one, but two London buses with the question: “When the son of man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). It seems you wait ages for a bus with an unsettling Bible quote, then two come along at once.

The errant capital letters weren’t the only disturbing thing about this (Faith Hill or Faith Evans?). There was also a web address on the ad, and when I visited the site, hoping for a straight answer to their rather pressing question, I received the following warning for anyone who doesn’t “accept the word of Jesus on the cross”: “You will be condemned to everlasting separation from God and then you spend all eternity in torment in hell. Jesus spoke about this as a lake of fire which was prepared for the devil and all his angels (demonic spirits)” (Matthew 25:41). Lots to look forward to, then...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/jun/20/transport.religion?gusrc=rss&feed=commentisfree


37 posted on 01/06/2009 10:47:17 AM PST by cacoethes_resipisco
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

You be “faithful to your conscience”... because it’s FOREVER, dude.


38 posted on 01/06/2009 10:47:17 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: Boston Blackie
1) You don't really believe that story is true, do you?

2) Committing assault & battery on someone to the point that they're unconscious because you don't like their religious viewpoint is a "happy ending"?

39 posted on 01/06/2009 10:48:23 AM PST by GL of Sector 2814
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To: GL of Sector 2814

Our nation’s president begs to differ and his voice carries farther than mine. The media won’t pick up on what I’ve stated on FR today.


40 posted on 01/06/2009 10:50:02 AM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: Stoat

Yet he thinks space aliens might have genetically engineered life on Earth:

Dawkins part starts at about 1:50
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o7OSNDqY9g


41 posted on 01/06/2009 10:51:26 AM PST by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: Stoat
A challenge to Hawkins:

By way of logic, if there is probably no god, then the "prophet" was Mohammed was probably crazy. Hence the next advert should read:

Mohammed was probably crazy. If you follow his words, you probably are too. Now go out and enjoy life.

42 posted on 01/06/2009 10:51:26 AM PST by Rokurota
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To: Vaduz

“THERE IS NO MAN MADE GLOBAL WARMING, NOW GO OUTSIDE AND ENJOY YOURSELF!”


43 posted on 01/06/2009 10:52:29 AM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: Stoat
Worry?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Phil. 4:6-7

44 posted on 01/06/2009 10:52:48 AM PST by DrewsDad (Somebody set up us Obama)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

I am waiting for:

“There is no England, so stop calling yourselves English and enjoy Islam”.

What a bunch of cowardly twits the English have become.


45 posted on 01/06/2009 10:55:13 AM PST by alarm rider ("Father, let me dedicate all this year to thee". Lawrence Tuttiett (1825-1897))
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To: weegee
Our nation’s president begs to differ and his voice carries farther than mine. The media won’t pick up on what I’ve stated on FR today.

The president choosing not to say something because he believes (rightly or wrongly) that it would be a bad idea to do so is not the same as not being permitted to say it.

Likewise, the fact that your comments are not being carried on NBC is not the same as not being permitted to say them.

46 posted on 01/06/2009 10:55:32 AM PST by GL of Sector 2814
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To: Stoat

Maybe. But as the mob guy in “Casino” said, why take the chance?


47 posted on 01/06/2009 10:56:22 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Boston Blackie

Makes you wonder what the inspiration for the funding might be...


48 posted on 01/06/2009 11:02:26 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: Stoat

godless atheist ping


49 posted on 01/06/2009 11:05:23 AM PST by dennisw (On the 31st floor a gold plated door won't keep out the Lord's burning rage ---FBB)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
Manson followed his conscience. So did Lenin and Stalin.

So did Nietzsche. How many did he kill?

It's a pity to see you confuse political ambition for atheism.

50 posted on 01/06/2009 11:05:25 AM PST by MyTwoCopperCoins
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