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British Humanist Association welcomes “common-sense” decision on atheist bus adverts

The British Humanist Association (BHA) today welcomes the decision by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) not to launch an investigation into the atheist bus adverts.

Hanne Stinson, BHA Chief Executive, said, ‘The ASA has accepted that the adverts are not offensive to most people and has made the common-sense decision not to attempt to decide whether gods exist or not.’

She continued, ‘The adverts were never intended to offend anyone, but we have become concerned about suggestions from a number of people that the non-religious should not be allowed to advertise their beliefs in this way. We were successful in our campaign to abolish the blasphemy laws last year but it is clear that we must still keep fighting for the fundamental right to freedom of expression, while there are those who would wish to have us gagged.’

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You can read more about the Bus Campaign at www.atheistbus.org.uk and humanism.org.uk/bus-campaign.

For more information and comment contact Hanne Stinson on 020 7079 3583 or 07764 947249.

The British Humanist Association (BHA) is the national charity representing and supporting the non-religious and campaigning for an end to religious privilege and discrimination based on religion or belief. It is the largest organisation in the UK working for a secular state.

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