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Atheist Advertising Message Called “Implied Hatred” Toward Believers. Huh?

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Conservative Christians are misunderstood in one sense:
By and large, their bigotry is not the product of hatred. It comes from a deep and profound sense of loss and grief over an overly romanticized bygone era.

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atheistcampaignAn Atheist advertising campaign will spend a few weeks in limbo after the transit committee deadlocked on a vote on whether to allow ads to run on city buses.

The ads by the Humanist Association of Ottawa, stating “There’s probably no God, now stop worrying and enjoy your life,” were rejected last week.

Transit committee chairman Alex Cullen had attempted to overturn the decision and pledged to bring it to city council in early March as a separate motion.

Humanist Julie Breeze said she was disappointed that the decision was not overturned, but said she intended to keep fighting.

“The ads that we are proposing are not intended to offend,” she said. “We’re hoping that these ads will let other non-believers know that they are not alone. It’s not an easy thing to be an atheist surrounded by a sea of believers.”

However, Theresa Milligan argued against the ads, saying that it goes beyond freedom of speech.

“When statements are said that God probably does not exist, this is an implied statement of hatred towards all those who do believe that God exists.”

Mercier said OC Transpo permits run advertisements informing people of the date, time and place of religious gatherings or events. Ads promoting a specific dogma that might be prejudicial or offensive to other groups using the transit system are not permitted.

bspcommentThe dark ages return and we have our collective Nanny States to thank. To suggest for one second that presenting polite, public yet opposite view to current religious dogma is implied hatred sets our civilization back down the road well travelled during the dark ages. Desent and discussion are being labels as hatred and terrorism for no other reason than it contains the debate into mouth-sized tidbits that can easily be scrolled across your TV screen during the evening “news”.

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Written by mattliving

February 19, 2009 at 11:20 am

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