January 8, 2009

There is plenty of evidence for God, from people’s personal experience, to the complexity, interdependence, beauty and design of the natural world” – Stephen Green Christian Voice

An interesting statement from Christian Voice, the organisation who have complained to the Advertising Standards Authority about an advertising campaign on buses in England, Scotland and Wales and on London Underground.

There’s Probably No God. Now Stop Worrying and Enjoy Life” – Advertising Campaign backed by the British Humanist Association.

Substantiation and truthfulness

Christian Voice claim the advertising breaks rules on substantiation and truthfulness as there is plenty of evidence of God. It would seem that religious organisations who choose to advertise should also have to choose their words more carefully if they wish to block this campaign as their own physical evidence is somewhat questionable.

Hanne Stinson, chief executive of the British Humanist Association responded¬† “I am sure that Stephen Green really does think there is a great deal of evidence for a God (though presumably only the one that he believes in), but I pity the ASA if they are going to be expected to rule on the probability of God’s existence.”

It makes for an interesting debate as there is, on one hand, a campaign that says “probably not a God” and, on the other, an organisation saying “there is a God”, now if we’re not mistaken only one of these is making a definitive statement while the other still offers choice.

Paranoia

There is also a certain paranoia with any organisation feeling so easily threatened, should life not be a matter of learning and decision? There are those that will find a belief or need for belief in God and those who are simply not convinced!

Religion offers guidance based on a central creator while the Humanists simply believe in… humans. It should be for every individual to make their own choice and that perhaps time and effort could be better spent on more purposeful activities than complaining about advertising.

Want longer lasting sex?

Assuming Christian Voice are not using this as an opportunity to market themselves with free publicity, then perhaps they should change their focus to removing the “Want longer lasting sex?” campaign. The Advanced Medical Institute promotes a nasal spray for male sexual problems and is refusing to take down billboard ads bearing the large slogan , despite being ordered to do so by a watchdog.

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