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Voltairine
18th January 2012, 01:41 PM
(Sorry this story is from the Daily Wail ;)...)

Church's 'offensive' anti-atheist billboard is banned by advertising watchdog

A church advertising campaign that depicted atheists as stupid has been banned by a watchdog in South Africa.

Officials ruled a billboard that suggested non-believers considered their existence to be accidental was likely to be found offensive.

The advertisement, which had been erected beside a church in Johannesburg, was pulled down following the ruling by South Africa's Advertising Standards Authority.
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/01/17/article-2087778-0F7F672700000578-442_634x295.jpg


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2087778/Churchs-anti-atheist-billboard-banned-advertising-watchdog.html

Sieveboy
18th January 2012, 01:54 PM
Great way to advertise your own ignorance and bigotry (smart move in the Rainbow nation). :)

I would say that it is as offensive to atheists as it is to any moderately self aware, educated person, including xtians...

Interesting how the Xtians didn't realise that its the image, combined with the words that make it offensive.

Aldaron
18th January 2012, 01:54 PM
See, this is what I [i]hate[i] about censorship campaigns. The theists get their ads pulled for claiming atheists are stupid, which greatly reduces the likelihood of a successful campaign in response.

When we try to respond by pointing out the irrationality of, say, believing the world was created 6000 years ago by a cheeky deity who left scads of dinosaur fossils lying around, someone is going to use this decision as precedent for stopping OUR campaign.

People REALLY need to grow thicker skins.

gruber
18th January 2012, 01:55 PM
some of the comments are fantastic, espically the one that wants atheists to describe how the Big Bang created life.

Maybe Biology should be mandatory at schools

Voltairine
18th January 2012, 02:08 PM
some of the comments are fantastic, espically the one that wants atheists to describe how the Big Bang created life.

Arrggghhhhhh, you just reminded me about Lawrence Krauss's new book. It's out ready!!!! Arrrgghhhhhh! :facepalm::headbang::headbang::facepalm::rolleyes:



* Ms Volt exits right and dashes off to the Book Depository.

cyclist
18th January 2012, 02:48 PM
(Sorry this story is from the Daily Wail ;)...)

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/01/17/article-2087778-0F7F672700000578-442_634x295.jpg


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2087778/Churchs-anti-atheist-billboard-banned-advertising-watchdog.html

The only thing that I find offensive with that ad is the photoshop job on it. Look at his wrists!

The add is a misrepresentation of the facts, but I just sigh and shake my head at the stupidity of it rather than get up tight.

james

Leighjones
18th January 2012, 06:58 PM
Yup, I'm an atheist and what I find most offensive in this case is the censorship.

Darwinsbulldog
18th January 2012, 07:40 PM
Yup, let it backfire on them. We get free advertising. :D

Xeno
18th January 2012, 07:50 PM
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/01/17/article-2087778-0F7F672700000578-442_634x295.jpgSo, no women are atheists. i wondered that. :rolleyes:

Xeno
18th January 2012, 07:52 PM
In common definitions, I am an accident. Chromosome pairs, sperm, egg, which night, that sort of thing. Or are they saying that even during sex, god likes to keep a hand on things? :eek:

ABridgeTooFar
18th January 2012, 08:12 PM
It's a shame they banned the advert. It could have lead to some pretty funny counter-ads, with the same backdrop:

"Don't be so open minded your brains fall out - Critical Thinking Helpline, call: 1800-SNAKES-CANT-TALK"

"There was no accident, I was charged with witchcraft"

"For just $99.99 a month, the Catholic Church can fix all your decapitation needs. Call 1800-JESUS"

Logic please
19th January 2012, 01:34 AM
Interesting how the Xtians didn't realise that its the image, combined with the words that make it offensive.
Let's not forget all the *honest xtians* in Kitzmiller v Dover Area School District (http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/dover/kitzmiller_v_dover_decision.html), who swore on a stack of babbles that ID was in no way religious or creationist- based, and gee Your Honour, where did all the money for the creationist books come from? We have no idea, really... :rolleyes:

What church representatives claimed to realise (or not), as part of their submitted response in the hearing, is one thing.

What their actual intentions were in framing the billboard, is likely to be somewhat different, methinks.

Those self-proclaimed "moral exemplars", at it again. Keep diggin', people.:facepalm::rolleyes:

Iseeyouthere
19th January 2012, 02:56 AM
It's a shame they banned the advert. It could have lead to some pretty funny counter-ads, with the same backdrop:

"Don't be so open minded your brains fall out - Critical Thinking Helpline, call: 1800-SNAKES-CANT-TALK"

"There was no accident, I was charged with witchcraft"

"For just $99.99 a month, the Catholic Church can fix all your decapitation needs. Call 1800-JESUS"


I dunno... I think it is for the best it got removed.
People can and will believe it to be 'true'. I mean, you have some people thinking the world would of ended May 21st last year (and this year).
Best to get rid of it so people don't assume everything they see on a billboard is true.

Aldaron
19th January 2012, 07:33 AM
I dunno... I think it is for the best it got removed.
People can and will believe it to be 'true'. I mean, you have some people thinking the world would of ended May 21st last year (and this year).
Best to get rid of it so people don't assume everything they see on a billboard is true.

And when a Christian makes precisely the same argument about...

http://images.theage.com.au/2009/01/07/342103/mbw_dawkins.jpg

...what do we do?

Iseeyouthere
22nd January 2012, 01:28 AM
Point made.

I just worry because education is different all around the world and we have different sources we can access from to find out for ourselves.
Sources of information is also different around the world and if there is a limited sources, it is their only source.
And culture plays a part as well. Different cultures, different view points.

These contributors can often affect how a message is sent and how the public will react. And it can be hard to refute the stupid depending where you are and who you are trying to speak to.

knowledge is power
4th March 2012, 11:00 AM
I was wondering if it's possible to make a complaint about a religious sign that says we need to be cleansed from sin and only jesus can do that.
This is degrading impressionable people and telling them they are filthy with evil thoughts and actions.
Can I make a complaint to the council? I think I'll get some strange looks if I did that.

I've also started seeing billboards for islam (m5, coming off m7)
Scary.

Sir Patrick Crocodile
4th March 2012, 11:40 AM
(Sorry this story is from the Daily Wail ;)...)

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/01/17/article-2087778-0F7F672700000578-442_634x295.jpg


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2087778/Churchs-anti-atheist-billboard-banned-advertising-watchdog.html
A christian is someone who believes he should apologize to an invisible tyrant for being an accident.
- Crocodile

tash3
5th March 2012, 10:28 PM
i dont have a problem with the ad. the more bullshit the xtians put up the more people will start to see it for what it is. plain old bullshit.

Loki
6th March 2012, 12:15 AM
If you think that one is offensive, have a gander at this one (http://www.wickedglitch.com/2012/02/pennsylvania-rejects-inoffensive-atheist-bus-ad/) which has just been rejected coz it's "offensive";

http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af170/Sleipnir123/up1Tj.jpg

Apparently atheists are offensive for simply existing. Double standards anyone?

DanDare
10th March 2012, 03:49 PM
Freedom of speech and expression must trump "offense" in all circumstances or there is no freedom of speech and expression at all.

I just reserve the right to mock the billboard and use it as a demonstration of what dunderheads these folks are.