Thursday, March 5, 2009

My God - part 2

Remember a while back when I told you about the ad campaign that started in England?
'No God' campaign draws complaint

Richard Dawkins beside atheist bus poster
Scientist and atheist Richard Dawkins backed the campaign

An atheist campaign claiming "There's probably no God" has been reported to the advertising regulator.

Posters with the slogan appear on 800 buses in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as on the London Underground.

But organisation Christian Voice has complained to the Advertising Standards Authority saying they break rules on substantiation and truthfulness.

The British Humanist Association, which backed the campaign, said it was not taking the complaint seriously.

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

The ASA's code states "marketers must hold documentary evidence to prove all claims". The regulator said it would assess the complaint and decide whether to contact the advertiser.

'Peals of laughter'

The adverts contain the slogan:
"There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." (source: BBC)

World wide debate ensued as to whether such a public campaign was appropriate on PUBLIC transportation. Even where I live, there was a request by this atheist group to advertise on our buses. It was turned down.

Now, out of San Fransisco comes this:

San Franciscans have recently been finding themselves in the uncomfortable position of riding around on public buses plastered with the words “ISLAM - Submission to God.” I say “uncomfortable” because San Francisco is famously amongst the most secular and non-religious cities in the nation. But there has been nary a peep of comment or protest about these ubiquitous in-your-face ads, which are shown here in photos taken on March 2 in San Francisco.

Such was not the case a few weeks ago in Ft. Lauderdale, however, which is one of the cities where the ads first appeared on buses. As reported in the Miami Herald, Fort Lauderdale mayor Jim Naugle joined a protest against the same ad campaign. While the protest did not succeed in getting the ads removed, it highlighted the fact the the ads were co-sponsored by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — a fact which can be easily confirmed with a little research: The ads themselves link to, which states at the bottom of the page that it is a project of ICNA; ICNA’s local chapter has a page on its own site about creating the ISLAM ad campaign in San Francisco; that page also lists CAIR as a co-sponsor (along with many other Muslim groups); and CAIR’s own site “Calling Islam” has many photos, links, and press releases about the ad campaign on its home page. So there’s no question that the ads are an ICNA and CAIR co-project....(here)

According to that article, which is really a must-read, not one word of protest has been heard. I may be wrong (partzheimers and all) but wasn't it CAIR who the FBI stopped associating with recently because of their so-called 'dubious' ties to terrorist regimes? Wasn't it CAIR that has been dragged before the courts because of their overt funding of terrorist groups?

Some supporters of CAIR - and this ad - will no doubt say their right to such "free speech" is protected; their right to freedom of religion etc etc (Yes, I know Islam is not a religion, but a way of life.) They will also probably assert that in the marketplace, any company is free to take advertising dollars from whomever - wherever - they so choose. Of course, there is always the old saw about America (just as Britain, and Canada for example) being "multi-cultural" societies.

Yes, yes, while all this *may* be true, as far as I know, our society does not condone any religion that espouses total submission, or beheading for non-believing infidels. Did something "change"?!!!

And the insanity continues.

H/T to Michelle Malkin for the original post.

As she so rightly reminds us:


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