Monthly Archives: June 2010
Nurse Alex Cotton of Coventry was relaxing in her garden, minding her own business, when she suddenly saw the face of Jesus appear in a creosote stain on a drainpipe. Knowing it was a sign from God, she excitedly called her friends to share the apparition and has extended an invitation to Pope Benedict to come and witness this marvel, when he visits the UK this September. Despite the invitation to the Pope, she hopes that she will not be flooded by pilgrims to the holy drainpipe. To me, it looks like a squashed rodent, but people see things in different ways.
As any good Apathist knows, the first commandment is “Thou Shalt Not Worship”. Well if there is a God, I reckon She got fed up with all the Jesus worship that is going on. Remember what She told Moses, “You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” So how did She pick a target to smite? Well if you are going to pick a country, the USA seems to have the highest number of Jesus aficionados, so the biggest sculpture of Jesus Christ in America would be symbolic. The 62 foot high, “King of Kings” statue in Ohio, near Cincinnati, was erected outside the Solid Rock Church in 2004. The sculpture was known locally as the “Touchdown Jesus” due to the pose. On Monday, June 14th, 2010, the sculpture was struck by lightning and destroyed. Now please stop building these things and show some apathy.
A bus advertisement stating, “there definitely is a God” drew the largest number of complaints in 2009, according to the British Advertising Standards Authority. The campaign was organised by the Christian Party, the Trinitarian Bible society (a bible publisher) and the Russian Orthodox Church. The add was a direct response to another bus advertisement placed by the British Humanist Association which stated, “There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” The Humanist advertisement was the sixth most complained about in 2009. It’s a little disheartening to an Apathist that people are willing to go to such lengths to advertise their beliefs and that so many people care enough to complain about them.
Bus advertisements seem to be the weapon of choice for religious battles. In the US, Pamela Geller, who maintains the blog “Atlas Shrugs”, started a “Leave Islam” campaign, which she claims advertises support for Muslims fearing to leave their religion. Similar adverts were pulled in Miami after Muslims claimed they were a smoke screen for hatred, but they were re-instated following a lawsuit.