Christian Party add draws most complaints
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.