Christians vs people who like a drink

What to make of this! The Advertising Standard’s Authority recently published its annual data on the complaints they receive for advertising through the year.

The British Humanists Association must have been a little disappointed that their deliberate attempt at bus-side controversy only achieved 6th place, with a total of 392 complaints.

On the other hand the Christian Party must have been pretty annoyed that their valiant (if slightly copycat) attempt at setting the record straight made it all the way to a clear winning spot at number 1 with 1,204 votes!

The conspiracy theorist in me wants to ask how many members the British Humanists have (surely it can’t be 1,204 can it)?  But the rest of me just wonders if this is a fascinating sign of the times we live in.

It also reminds me of an oft told story in Sydney Australia. This from the

“Before his elevation to Bishop of South Sydney, Robert Forsyth spent 17 years as chaplain to the University of Sydney and as rector of St Barnabas, where he conducted a famous poster war with the pub across the road. “This church is for sinners,” one poster announced. “This pub is for drinkers,” the publican replied. Other gems include:
Church: Money does not make you happy.
Pub: I’d rather be rich and happy than poor and happy.
Church: God made sex for marriage not for money.
Pub: Wish he had made money for marriage.
Church (punning on the department store next door): Free Grace brothers and sisters.
Pub: Free David Jones too.
Church:The best things in life aren’t things.
Pub: Things are not all what they seem to be.”
Above test taken from Sydney Morning Herald article

I used to drive past this war of words on the bus, and people on the bus used to get whiplash trying to see what the church was saying v what the pub was saying back. The church burned down (hmmm…), but the story remains and is now in a book though I can’t for the life of me find it (otherwise I would link to it!)

Posted by Caspar Schlickum

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3 Comments on “Christians vs people who like a drink”

  1. July 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm #

    Chistopher Hitchens, the atheist, wrote a book titled, “God is not great”, to which his good friend Salman Rushdie complained that there was one too many words in the title.

    • August 28, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

      That’s very clever! Love it.
      Reminds me actually of a story, though not related to religion. David Ogilvy, famous Madison Avenue ad man, and founder of the famous Ogilvy & Mather agency which is now part of WPP, once had an article written about him with the headline title “Is David Ogilvy a Genius?”. He sued the paper for using a question mark.


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