Bending the truth

The Daily Mail’s coverage of the Atheist bus campaign includes this, from Christian Voice spokesperson Stephen Green:

“Bendy-buses, like atheism, are a danger to the public at large. I should be surprised if a quasi-religious advertising campaign like this did not attract graffiti. People don’t like being preached at. Sometimes it does them good, but they still don’t like it.”

It’s brilliant on so many levels. For one, he seems to be suggesting that citizens should go out and vandalize any religious or quasi-religious advertising. I’d be OK with that, although in Lewisham the process could take some time. Then there’s the matter of bendy buses which, despite repeated claims by Boris Johnson et al, aren’t actually any more dangerous than, for example, lorries*, which he has no problem with. And then Green’s elegant scuppering of his own argument in the final sentence. He’s a bona-fide genius. Or should I say a prophet.

* Boris: “there are many cyclists killed every year by them”. Fact: no fatalities since introduction in 2002. More info here.

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