An objection anticipated

When I wrote about the atheist bus campaign a few days back, I said that:

I fully expect some religious apologist to say something like ‘Look – the atheist fundamentalists demand propaganda on buses now.’

Lo and behold:

To those without a huge vested interest in promoting or dissing religion, this probably looks a slightly odd initiative. Frankly, the slogan is a bit anodyne. It’s the non-believing equivalent of ‘God may very well exist. Now have a nice day’. But it will probably still be enough to upset counter-evangelists of the kind who like to tell everybody they are going to hell for not subscribing to their particular doctrine, and who think atheism is very, very naughty.

I wonder what impact this kind of campaign has, though? It will appeal to those who like that kind of thing, no doubt. And in part it seems to have been born out of resentment towards comparatively prodigious (and extremely well-funded) religious advertising. But apart from raising brand awareness, I suspect that the vast majority of people will be as sceptical about being sold unbelief as they are about being sold belief.

That’s Simon Barrow of Christian policy unit Ekklesia, who the NSS describes as ‘insufferably smug’. Well, he’s certainly predictable.

Update: Also in the Guardian you can read devastating critiques by Mary Kenny ‘(‘Atheism is BOR-RING!’) and Andrew Brown (‘Nothing to see here, move along please’.)

Further update: Also, via Hak Mao, there’s this in the Torygraph:

At a time when the fundamentalist few, both atheist and religious, are jostling to tell us what to believe, being in a muddle is an act of resistance.

As Harry Hatchet used to say: they really don’t like it up them, do they?


One Response to “An objection anticipated”

  1. Pro-faith left blog meltdown « Max Dunbar Says:

    […] raving fundamentalist could take offence at the eleven words of the bus campaign – although the general reaction suggests that people are […]

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