On Saturday eve and Sunday I was chilling with Mr Special, because it was cold I don’t think either of us felt like doing much so we stayed in, I cooked and we, well…did what couples do it was….hmmm..nice.
Anyway I wanted to tell you about these adverts I keep seeing all over the place. First of all I saw them on the tube and the one I saw said "its nice enough to see a beautiful garden without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it, there is probably no God now stop worrying and enjoy your life"
I did a double take when I first saw it and I was offended reading it. I had two thoughts 1) How could an advert that upsets so many different people be allowed? And 2) Why? What is the point of this ad?
I'm not the worlds greatest religious fanatic, I hardly ever go to church even though my grandmother is a Pastor! However I do believe in God and I felt that these adverts are out of order. I don’t know what's worse, those people that spend all their life trying to convert you to what they want you to be (big sigh) or this!
So I had a look into it. They spent £140,000 ($207,000) on this national campaign and it has been backed by a number of leading atheists and secularists, including Richard Dawkins the guy who wrote a book called 'The God Delusion' and it all started to fit into place. My why question got answered at least.
I also heard about this bus driver in Southampton who refused to drive the busses that have this advert on and I have to say hats of to him for taking a stand. (Christian refuses to drive bus) I have a feeling that although the snow is leaving there is a storm brewing over these adverts and people are starting to complain about them. After finding out all about it I saw the advert again on the tube. This time various people had scribbled over it someone had written 'Praise Allah' and someone else had said 'Hail Jesus most high' someone else had scribbled out the bit that says No God and written 'The devil is amongst us' I just started laughing out loud.
Believing in God brings hope for so many, gives people morals and guidance why would you want to take that away? Some people find fulfilment and happiness in their faith cant we just let them get on with it? What right does anyone have to tell you what to or what not to believe in? What do you believe? I feel that If you take away the hope from people in a world that is so messed up already what do they have left? My dad once told me that 'everyone has got to have a little hope' and that stuck with me forever.