It appears Stephen Green, of Christian Voice, has complained to the Advertising Standards Authority about the Atheist Bus Campaign adverts running on buses across the country on grounds of ‘truthfulness’ and ‘substantiation’, suggesting that there is not ‘a shred of supporting evidence’ that there is probably no god.
Whilst the British Humanist Association are enjoying the joke, I do find myself wondering if this might be the moment when Mr Green discovers that there is a point beyond which his campaigning leaves behind what vestiges of credibility it might once have had.
Now don't get me wrong. Whilst I'm not an active church-goer, I still retain a sense of faith in some sort of divine presence, call it a god or whatever. In the absence of rules which dictate exactly what will happen in every circumstance, the element of randomness, for me at least, reassures me that science does not have all of the answers.
However, whilst it might be difficult to supply supporting evidence that there isn't a god, it's going to be even more difficult to provide evidence that there is one. And, whilst the idea of a distinguished elderly gentleman with a white beard and flowing white robes appearing before the Advertising Standards Authority to give evidence is an appealing one, I won't be turning up in the expectation of his arrival (sorry, my upbringing involved a patriachial deity concept - it's very hard to shift...).
On the other hand, if he did, I'd like to think that he might find the time to smite Stephen Green with a lightning bolt...