Advertising Standards Agency annual report compares Atheist Bus complaints against Christian ad complaints
The Advertising Standards Authority will release its annual report later today. And we know what will be in it.
The report will show, as we already knew, that some people complained about the Atheist Bus Campaign. In fact it was in the “top 10″ most complained about ads for last year.
But guess what else? A lot more people complained about one of the Christian bus ads that were run as a counter-response. And when we say a lot, we mean more than any other non-broadcast advert, ever.
The Christian Party bus ad, which parodied the Atheist Bus Slogan with the message “There definitely is a God. So join the Christian Party and enjoy your life” provoked the public ire with more than 1,000 complaints already by March last year.
Christian Party policies include an end to the “promotion” of homosexuality in schools, making sex education worse, being anti-abortion, being anti-assisted dying, and obscurely campaign to “raise the motorway speed limit to 90mph”. They received 18,621 votes in this year’s General Election. That’s not great.
As with the atheist bus campaign the ASA rejected all complaints against the Christian Party ads, saying they were an “expression of the advertiser’s opinion and that the claims in it were not capable of objective substantiation”.
As if religious wars, volcanoes, and tape worms weren’t substantiation enough for the claim “there’s probably no god”, the Christian Party has now sealed the deal. Thanks Christian Party!
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