anti-atheist billboard

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benguela (January 16, 2012, 11:18:50 AM):
ASA makes church remove billboard. Do you agree with the ruling?
JoanA Arc (January 16, 2012, 12:33:36 PM):
Before I even clicked on your link (thanks for supplying) my knee-jerk reaction was "hell yeah!" and after reading it through, my comment still stands. If an atheist or A.N. Other or plain Joe Soap posted a billboard declaring all Xtians were stupid, can you imagine the outcry?
Benjammin (January 16, 2012, 12:42:01 PM):
Given the law the ruling is probably in line with it. I disagree with the law and with Mr Gerber for filing it.

If I start a religion where if you look upon or listen to any advertising, intentional or not, you will be stricken down to a demonic hell, do you think the ASASA would respond to my request for all public advertising to be banned, on the grounds that it deeply upsets and offends my religious beliefs.
Rigil Kent (January 16, 2012, 12:55:35 PM):
Do you agree with the ruling?

No I don't agree. Any church should be allowed to sling mud and throw stones as they please, and place their religious propaganda on billboards. Unless the billboard, through irresponsible positioning, partly obscures a second one depicting lingerie models.

Mefiante (January 16, 2012, 13:31:42 PM):
It may look silly and petty on the surface, but it has real value in raising public awareness of atheism — specifically, (1) that not everyone buys into long-established dogma, and (2) that such dogma can be offensive to some by its implied untruths whose sole purpose is divisive. This kind of action is necessary to weaken religions’ grip on society because reason simply doesn’t work. As an atheist of long standing, I feel affronted by religions’ continual and repeated demands for special considerations. I’m not comfortable with the thought that there’s an unchallenged widespread perception among the religious that atheists are deluded and/or daft and/or immoral and/or innately evil people, and on all of these grounds, I for one applaud Mr Gerber’s opposition and initiative.

Besides the difficulty of getting a religion that disdains all advertising formally recognised, the ASA has no mandate to impose a blanket ban on all advertising. The ASA can only consider particular instances of advertising that are alleged to contravene its Advertising Code. In any case, many religions and sects clamour for all sorts of ridiculous things that they won’t get.



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