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Yeah, I just updated, but this is so awesome it deserves its own post.


Atheists send their own message, on 800 buses. Seems a lot of Londoners have gotten fed up with religious advertising around their city, and have decided to take up their own ads. Awesome.

But US atheists are holding their own on the awesome stakes, with ads saying 'Why believe in a god?" over a picture of a man in a Santa suit. "Just be good for goodness' sake."' However, the Aussies are not doing too well - I like their slogan best of all (Atheism: Sleep in on Sunday mornings), but permission for the ads was refused. Not cool :(

But possibly winning, or at least tying, in the awesomneess stakes, is the response from at least one church. Not fire, brimstone, and threats of damnation, but welcoming the campaign as a way to get people to discuss God.

Public debate on religion, carried out on the side of a bus. I love it.

And all this is made even more awesome because I can't even hear the words 'bus ads' without thinking of Moonlight. Ah, fandom. Ever with the odd (and amusing) associations.

Date: 2009-01-07 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seldear.livejournal.com
I was wondering why I remembered 'bus ads' from somewhere, but knew it didn't have anything to do with religion...

:)

Date: 2009-01-08 06:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyore.livejournal.com
As soon as I saw 'bus ads' I thought of Moonlight, probably a sign I spent too much time following it on Fandom_Wank.

Date: 2009-01-08 06:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seldear.livejournal.com
*laughs* I tried to follow it. It just got too convoluted.

Do you know if they ever confirmed whether they got the bus ads or not?

Date: 2009-01-08 07:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyore.livejournal.com
Pretty sure they got them in the end, yeah. At least, I remember a pic of an ad on a bus, and thinking 'All that drama for that?' It was a pretty ordinary ad.

Date: 2009-01-08 07:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seldear.livejournal.com
Yeah, but there were questions about whether it was photoshopped or not. :(

Date: 2009-01-08 08:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyore.livejournal.com
Really? Hmm. Just went poking around F_W to see if anything else was up, and there is this comment (http://www.journalfen.net/community/fandom_wank/1183128.html?thread=190966168#t190966168) from someone who doesn't appear to be a Leeser sockpuppet, with a picture taken through their car window. So I think there were a few physical ads, thought who know if it was anywhere near the number they paid for?

And while searching, ran across this comment too: this comment (http://www.journalfen.net/community/fandom_wank/1183128.html?thread=191191704#t191191704), which claims Leeser never paid for the Variety ads they ran. O.o

Date: 2009-01-08 08:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seldear.livejournal.com
Oh, MAN.

It all sounds pretty dodge if you ask me...

Date: 2009-01-08 08:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seldear.livejournal.com
Anywhere that there are fans, there are fans willing to rip off other fans...

Date: 2009-01-08 08:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyore.livejournal.com
That's a true but depressing thought. Still, I guess that's true for any group of people.

Wait. That's even more depressing...

Date: 2009-01-08 08:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seldear.livejournal.com
Human nature, perhaps?

Date: 2009-01-08 08:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyore.livejournal.com
Unfortunately, I think you're right.

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