Tuesday, February 24, 2009

atheists PROBABLY exist because you're still annoying

i said probably, which is more than i can say for you christians.

bus wars are going gang busters here on the streets of london. it started with this advertisement, funded by nonbelievers, which featured on 800 of london's iconic red buses.


actually, that's a lie. it didn't start there because the call for donations (which, btw, aimed to raise 5,500 pounds but instead yielded 135K) was in reaction to a christian ad doing the rounds last year promoting a website which insisted you would spend all eternity in torment in hell if you didn't get all kumbaya-ee.

blah, blah, blah...i wasn't in london when those ads were around so the first i knew about it was when i saw aforementioned ad on the 73 which i catch if i am running too late to walk past all five starbucks on the way to work.

took a few weeks off, travelled a bit, came back to this:


irate. me.

well, not really irate, because i've got better things to worry about. perhaps surprised and a little frustrated that some people still can't see the difference between opinion and fact. that some people can't differentiate between sharing a thought and SHOVING IT DOWN PEOPLE'S THROATS.

ahem

the beauty of the nonbelievers' ad was one simple word. probably. the absence of any such wiggle room in the rebuttal is, if i may your honour, exhibit A in brainwashers V the rest of us.

i am not an atheist. i don't know what i am. i believe in "do unto others as you would have others do unto you". i believe i have regrettably failed that mantra in my time but ultimately abide by it. i believe in those i love and admire. i believe in work/life balance leaning a little (or a lot) to the right. i believe in high heels on london streets. i believe in writing entirely in lower case. i believe in ice cream and tim tam slams. i believe i could go on all day.

i won't.

pop quiz. if there "definitely" is a god - which one is it?

deep.

5 comments:

Siamese Saffron said...

i love how they use the same format and everything. they may not believe in the same thing, but they totally like each other's designs!

is the crazy Christian man on Oxford Street still yelling at everyone, or has he finally died and gone to hell?

Anonymous said...

Hear, hear Jackaroo. My thoughts exactly. Hope everything is going well for you in old London town! -Nicholas Adam Smart

Rick M said...

Man, I love this blog. Richard Dawkins (who I used to admire but now think may be a little too extreme to be helping the atheists cause) had a good way of saying it [to religious folk]: "We're all atheists, I just believe in one less God than you do."

They tried to put a similar atheist ad on billboards here in Oz and the billboard company wouldn't let them.

Free speech, anyone?

jax said...

oooh, i like that quote, rick.

not familiar with the crazy oxford street christian, thank god...or allah or buddah or krishna or brahman...

hi nick

xx

Mike said...

THE FOLLOWING IS TRUE...

Met a Reverend today. He asked if I was a Christian. I said I was and felt a fraction guilty because, although baptised, I rarely (as in never) practice. He said he could tell I was a Christian because I am kind and genuine. Apart from an obvious compliment, I liked it because, well, isn't that what all religions should do? Make people kind and genuine? If the basis of all religions was that, I would smoke a hookah with Allah, walk on water with Jesus or take Buddah to an all-you-can-eat curry house.

I like that Reverend.

Do unto others...

PS - I like the quote too Rick...

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