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Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Scepticism about religion comes to advertising in Spain

PROBABLEMENTE DIOS NO EXISTE.
DEJA DE PREOCUPARTE Y GOZA DE LA VIDA.

(There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.)

Signs like this will be appearing on buses in Barcelona from 12 January until 26 January bearing the message above, on behalf of Unión de Ateos y Librepensadores en Cataluña [the Catalan branch of Spain's Union for Atheists and Free Thinkers] (UAL) - see story in English here.

The campaign and the slogan used, according to the organisers, is: "not intended to offend or annoy anyone, just looking to encourage citizens to reflect on the meaning of life and escape 'unquestioned' dogmas and revelations that try to impose religion". If there is sufficient revenue it is possible that the campaign may be taken to both Madrid and Valencia in due course, as it has the support of sister organisations there and throughout Spain. Indeed, according to this story, additional funding has already been received which will ensure it goes to both Madrid and Valencia, and to Seville too.

This follows on from a similar campaign in the UK last October, which I wrote about here.

Just as in the UK of course there are those in Spain who do not take too kindly to such atheist messages casting doubt on people's imaginary friends, if this is a guide:

Dios sí existe.
Disfruta de la vida en Cristo.

(God does exist. Enjoy life in Christ.)

Naturally I leave it to readers to make up their own minds as I have already made mine up.

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