Atheist billboard ads rejected in Vancouver

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An atheist group is considering a human rights complaint after it says a billboard company refused to run its advertisements in Vancouver.

The Centre for Inquiry Canada created a billboard design depicting a smiling woman alongside a few phrases written in a biblical style.

“Jenn 13:1,” it reads. "Praying won’t help. Doing will.

Below the group's name, the ad says: "Without God. We're all good."

Pat O’Brien, board member for The Centre for Inquiry Canada, said the organization submitted the ads to Pattison Outdoor but was told they were unacceptable.

“They didn't really give us a good reason why they turned us down. In fact when we asked for some guidelines, they said they didn't have any guidelines that they could give us.”

 

 

Written By: CBC News
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13 COMMENTS

  1. “But Randy Otto, president of Pattison Outdoor, told CBC News his company has nothing against the organization or its ads.”

    snip

    Otto said changes to the ad were requested to reflect company guidelines, but he did not know specifically what changes to the ad were requested.”

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

  2. The Pattison Group is proud of the fact it controls about 45% of the outdoor sign market. I’m surprised the authorities haven’t gone after the company for operating a virtual monopoly and restricting free speech in the process. The fact they can’t provide their own guidelines upon request shows they arbitrarily make things up as they go along and are talking out of both sides of their mouth at the same time.

    The company head, Jim Pattison claims to be a christian.- that says it all . jcw

    • In reply to #2 by kaiserkriss:

      The Pattison Group is proud of the fact it controls about 45% of the outdoor sign market. I’m surprised the authorities haven’t gone after the company for operating a virtual monopoly and restricting free speech in the process. The fact they can’t provide their own guidelines upon request shows they…

      Jim Pattison is a used car salesman who has groped and grasped his way to wealth totally disproportionate to his intellectual ability. Apart from being a fundy, he is also a deep pocketed supporter of the entire right wing agenda in Canada. He is up there with Rupert Murdoch, who at least does not believe in sky fairies, as one of nastiest people I could name.

      • In reply to #5 by Sheepdog:
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        Jim Pattison is a used car salesman who has groped and grasped his way to wealth totally disproportionate to his intellectual ability. Apart from being a fundy, he is also a deep pocketed supporter of the entire right wing agenda in Canada.

        Rather like Peter Vardy

        Sir Peter Vardy (born 4 March 1947) is a British businessman and philanthropist from Houghton-le-Spring in Durham. His business interests have been mainly in the automotive retail business. In the Sunday Times Rich List 2009 ranking of the wealthiest people in the UK he was placed 388th with an estimated fortune of £140million.

        He has been at the forefront of business involvement in education,[4] and funded the building of a City Technology College in Gateshead and three Academies, in Middlesbrough, Thorne and Blyth. These four schools form the Emmanuel Schools Foundation,[7] a coalition of schools with a Christian ethos based in the north of England.

        Vardy has stated that widespread reports that he is a creationist are incorrect,[8] and that he has a very traditional view about how science should be taught. In an interview with the BBC Today programme,[10] Vardy said: “I believe that God created the earth and created man in his own image; quite how long it took him I don’t know”. However Nigel McQuoid, former director of schools at the Emmanuel Schools Foundation and former Principal of Emmanuel College and The King’s Academy, publicly took a recognisably creationist stance, claiming that creation was a theory and evolution a “position of faith”.[11] In January 2011, Vardy won a claim in the British High Court against Tribune over claims it had made about the Emmanuel Schools teaching creationism

        Emanuel schools deny openly teaching creationism, but appoint creationists as heads of school or heads of science!
        After initial sponsorship, they are largely paid for by the tax-payer.

  3. wow, is that an industry, erecting a small high fence and asking people for money to paste things to it.
    I want a piece of that. What the f i work for a living for i’ll never know.
    Perhaps atheist societies should go in to the business. They would have to post religious ads of course.

    • In reply to #6 by Stevehill:

      Well done Pattison Outdoor for bringing this valuable campaign to the attention of a worldwide audience, as opposed to 27 Vancouver suburbanites.

      More of this sort of thing!

      Absolutely! The CfI Canada have now got a wider coverage for no extra cost at all, well done Pattison fools.

    • In reply to #6 by Stevehill:

      Well done Pattison Outdoor for bringing this valuable campaign to the attention of a worldwide audience, as opposed to 27 Vancouver suburbanites.

      More of this sort of thing!

      Hooray for the Streisand effect once again!

  4. The attractive woman resembles Nigella Lawson in happier days.

    CFIC folk said they tried to soften the message as much as possible – Pattison Co.’s rejection leaves us nowhere to go.

    I can’t determine if the soft sell approach was to appeal to a different sect of people, and/or get it past Pattison et.al. deranged eyes.

  5. Content of the Ad

    I’m not sure I understand what 13:1 means?

    I’m also uncomfortable with the phrase “Without God. We’re all good.” What on earth does that mean. It can’t be that just being “without god” makes you good or is it that “without god” we’re fine thanks – “all good”?

    As a position it seems too much or not enough.

  6. This is a stupid ass billboard. “Jenn 13:1 Praying won’t help. Doing will.” Why stick it in their ribs? Why does it have to knock the religious to make a point? Couldn’t we have written something more like “Jenn 13:1 Help by doing. And what’s with the tagline? “Without God. We’re all good.”? No we’re not. Some people would be complete dickheads beyond their current dickheadedness without god. Some people who are without god are already dickheads. Shouldn’t that be a comma or is Without God a sentence? What was wrong with Good without god? This billboard sucks. And, quit imitating religion to make your point.

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