“The Atheist Insult”

Oh, this is just too good.  More religious people whinging that the Atheists dared to put out an advert.  To be fair, this guy doesn’t like adverts.  He really doesn’t like adverts:

Adverts are by their very nature offensive. Whether they are printed, pop up on computer screens or play out on radio or TV, they are irritating invasions on private space that seek to bully and bombard people with pernicious consumerist messages.

Bear in mind that this is clearly the benchmark this guy is using for adverts: they’re offensive by default.  So to write a whole article on why the atheit bus campaign is so evil, he must really hate it.  And he does:

But what if the ideology urged by the advert really, really offends you? What if it challenges the core beliefs that fundamentally form the way you live?

Can you guess who’s about to magically become offended by a viewpoint expressed on the side of a bus?  A viewpoint, incidentally, that does not incite and does not accuse.  It does not express the view that people who disagree with the sentiment of the advert are evil, or that people who disagree should be punished.  It simply promotes the view that, “There probably is no god”.  Simple.

I can understand this guys confusion though:

With their marketing scheme, the Atheist Bus Campaign sought not to sell a product, but a particular point of view

I’m guessing that James hasn’t lived through many local or national government elections. But then James starts getting weird:

[There’s probably no God] Is a pretty bold statement to make. Though it stops short of saying “God does not exist,” the idea put forward is that there is no cosmic entity overseeing the universe. But how can you know?

Erm, James, it says, “There’s probably no God”.  Perhaps you should have spent more time reading it than being offended by it.

Maybe a divine being does have a role in such issues, and that comes down to your own personal beliefs and how you think the universe works. Personally, I very much believe that there are “paranormal” beings beyond our mundane human order out there and I reckon that there are spiritual energies and forces at work around us. As such, as someone who believes that godly beings exist, I’m definitely affronted by the Atheist Bus Campaign.

So James believes that there are paranormal beings beyond our mundane human order (whatever the fuck that’s supposed to mean), but is strangely affronted by the Atheist Bus Campaign?  James, you’re views are weird.  They make no sense.  Yet strangely, I can read them without being offended.  I fundamentally disagree with you – and, incidentally, would like to see the proof you demand from the atheist with respect to your beliefs – but I am not affronted by having seen them.  Why do people with weird beliefs have such difficulty making this distinction?

In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the advert isn’t nice at all and is, in fact, a pretty damn nasty bit of text

James thinks this is nasty? I wonder what evidence he’s going to produce to make the association that, “There’s probably no God, now stop worrying and enjoy life” is nasty.  That’s one hell of an accusation, James.

The average commuter could be plunged into an existential crisis and find themselves contemplating life much more than they intended to on their Monday morning journey to work.

OMFG! It’s going to cause and existential CRISIS. EVERYBODY PANIC!!!!111 one!1.

James, of course, places himself above “Joe the commuter” of course, and doesn’t experience this existential crisis: he simply goes straight to “offended”. Do not pass god, do not collect £200.

For those that believe in God or, indeed gods, the advert is even more of a kick to the psyche. It sticks out as a personal insult to those who pay reverence to a deity and dutifully follow a spiritual schema by basically saying: “You are wrong”.

OMFG! Someone is wrong on teh religions. (sorry).  EXISTENTIAL CRISIS!!!

it’s actually a noxious sermon that seeks to stigmatise a significant section of society. The campaign is preaching prejudice rather than peace of mind.

James, have you been following the teachings of the various religions lately?  Do you really want to get into the whole “my sermon is more obnoxious than your sermon” debate?  Seriously. Don’t go there.  You can’t win.  Unless, of course, you actually meant to use the word “noxious”.  In which case this could get real messy real quick.

At a gut level, religion is once again represented as a bloody great bugbear that brings hatred and malice; the preserve of superstitious simpletons, delusional traditionalists andfundamentalist loonies.

What did that sign say again, James?  “There probably is no God, now stop worrying and get on with your life”.  Did it mention religion?

Religion can do remarkable things – and has done so repeatedly. To simplistically state that “Religion is evil” is like saying “Fire gives people third-degree burns.”

James, once again who is making these accusations?  The Atheist Bus Campaign didn’t.  You are the only person in your article making these associations.  Perhaps that says more about your own attitude to the gods and religion than it does about the atheist.

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One Response to “The Atheist Insult”

  1. Twelvefootsnowman says:

    If advertising/marketing is THAT bad, then I’d love to hear James’ opinion on the ‘spread the word’ God Squad that come knocking on my front door every few weeks to try to ‘save my soul’ and sell me Bibles.

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