Monday, January 12, 2009

Truth (?) In Advertising (Redux)

Last week I blogged about an atheist bus campaign in the UK that was forced to equivocate - their sign said "[t]here’s probably no God" - and that even the equivocation wouldn't make everybody happy. I was right (via PZ):

Now Stephen Green of Christian Voice, who formerly hit the front pages by launching a legal challenge against Jerry Springer the Opera on the BBC, has complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and is calling for the adverts to be withdrawn

Mr Green released a statement saying: 'I believe the ad breaks the Advertising Code, unless the advertisers hold evidence that God probably does not exist.

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Mr Green has challenged the adverts on grounds of 'truthfulness' and 'substantiation', suggesting that there is not 'a shred of supporting evidence' that there is probably no God.
One wonders if Green will press his claims in court. If he does, might we hope (pray?) for a benchslap of Biblical proportions for Green, maybe along the lines of Holocaust denier David Irving's libel suit against Deborah Lipstadt?

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