No-God Botherers

Atheist bus campaign spreads the word of no God nationwide | World news | guardian.co.uk

The principal slogan – “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” – can already be seen on four London bus routes, and now 200 bendy buses in London and 600 across the country are to carry the advert after a fundraising drive raised more than £140,000, exceeding the original target of £5,500.

Reading the instruction to stop worrying and enjoy your life is worse than reading any of the ten commandments, as far as I am concerned. Why do I need to be told to enjoy ‘my life’ (life in this sense seeming something similar to a couple of weeks in Mallorca)? And why should I stop worrying? How do they know that I’m worrying anyway? This advertisement contains the worst excesses of personalised religion: the whole Maharishi Mahesh Yogi bullshit that there is some set of syllables out there that relate specifically to your own personal situation. But instead of ‘eye-mah-meh’ or ‘yamma yamma yamma’, you get ‘stop worrying and enjoy your life’: a message just for you. So stop worrying and enjoy your lives, homeless people of London. Same to you, hedge fund managers. It’ll work out for you all in the end.

Dickheads.

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9 Responses to “No-God Botherers”


  1. 1 ergosity January 7, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    God. I never thought of it that way.

  2. 2 Longman Oz January 7, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    There is “probably no God”, eh? Is the economic crisis in Britain so severe that it is leading to a dark night for some of the soulless?

    As Jehovah is my witness, I pray that I will never be tempted to question my faith in athiesm like this!

  3. 3 Hugh Green January 7, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    It seems to me that the thing about ‘there being probably no God’ is that it depends on a particular conception of God, that he/she/it exists in some sort of corporeal form, like a shampoo bottle or a packet of cigarettes, perhaps even a sort of glorified Santa Claus, but that while humans are simply unable to directly observe he/she/it because of their limited powers of empirical investigation, they superstitiously believe that he/she/it exists nonetheless. This type of belief is what card-carrying atheists decry, but that is by no means what many Christians, of whom the Pope is a decent example, understand by God.

  4. 4 Longman Oz January 7, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Heh. Perhaps. Given that it is the UK, though, I suspect that they were probably worried about falling foul of the shut-up-a-your-face 2006 Racial & Religious Hatred Act or the likes if they went with a bolder statement!

  5. 5 Donagh January 7, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    It probably stems from the idea that anyone who believes in God is a superstitious simplistic moron. So, rather than getting involved in a complex metaphysical argument, which as you suggest doesn’t exactly fit neatly on the side of a bus in the same way as an ad for a brand of jeans, they turn it into a simple ad campaign, which is the only way to present information so simplistic god-fearing morons will understand it.

    Can’t believe that people are moronic enough to give money to the campaign though. Or maybe it’s that I simply don’t want to believe.

  6. 6 Hugh Green January 8, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Given that it is the UK, though, I suspect that they were probably worried about falling foul of the shut-up-a-your-face 2006 Racial & Religious Hatred Act or the likes if they went with a bolder statement!

    Sadly enough, I think you’re right.

    It probably stems from the idea that anyone who believes in God is a superstitious simplistic moron.

    This might be of interest:

    Dennett complains of religions ‘playing the hurt feelings card’.

  7. 7 coc January 8, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    In the heathens defence, they probably meant “stop worrying about whther there is a god or not”. Not that the distinction is going to save them from the eternal pit of fire. The bastards.

  8. 8 Hugh Green January 8, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Funny that, it never occurred to me that they were only targeting the agnostics. But I often find myself buying Dove shower gel in solidarity with women with real bodies.

  9. 9 coc January 8, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    I suppose the agnostics ought to be their first target. Once they’ve gotten everyone down off the fence (hopefully on their side) they can then direct indiscriminate fire at the other side of the fence, safe in the knowledge that every penny spent is going towards eradicating the scourge of religious faith.

    Actually, following on from this, they should target individual religions discretely, since the message required to talk someone down from the ledge of hinduism, might end up inadvertantly strenghtening some bastards attachment to buddhism.

    I notice on the Dove ads all the real women are not white. Is this some sort of subliminal racist message? Was there not some soap company in carlow that sold soap laced with bleach or something to make african women whiter? Isn’t it gas, pasty white people want to look browner and black as a sloe africans want to look whiter.

    Women eh? Can’t live with ’em … but it’s apparently against the law to kill them. (except by slowly poisoning them with soap)


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