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  1. Aug 15, 2007 #1
    I was watching Larry King last night because Bill Maher (who I love) was on the show. During a commercial break there was some religious commercial paid for by some church that said, "Evolution is a lie. Read the bible". :eek::bugeye::grumpy::mad:

    Are you f'in kidding me!?!? It was blatantly promoting ignorance. This isnt the ,church channel to be having these kinds of commercials.
     
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  3. Aug 15, 2007 #2

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    :rofl::rofl:
    hmmm...perhaps they hadn't expeted those who believe evolution watch CNN!:tongue:
     
  4. Aug 15, 2007 #3

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    Awesome. I want to see it. I wonder if it's on youtube somewhere.

    - Warren
     
  5. Aug 15, 2007 #4

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    Or buy equal time!

    It's a freedom of speech issue.
     
  6. Aug 15, 2007 #5

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    I've seen them and they make me cringe. They're all over the TV trying to rebuild after they were dealt such a crushing blow a couple of years ago with DNA evidence that proved that Native American Indians weren't Isrealites and the story about Jesus coming to America in 33AD to visit the Isrealites was well....
     
  7. Aug 15, 2007 #6

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    Whether or not it's because I don't watch CNN, I don't know, but I've never seen such an ad. Perhaps we have better 'stupidity filters' in Canada. In any event, it's up to the individual broadcaster to run an ad or not—as long as it has FCC approval (States-wise; the governing bodies vary from one country to another). While the idea of Creationist bull**** makes me sick to my stomach, I have to defend their right to publicize it.
     
  8. Aug 15, 2007 #7

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    Maybe Scientists should have an inquisition of their own. :smile:
     
  9. Aug 15, 2007 #8

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    Unfortunately, the net effect of complaining to them would be to send the message you were watching the show and paying attention to commercials. That's not going to get the ad off the air, that's incentive to charge more to show the ad during that time slot.
     
  10. Aug 15, 2007 #9

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    Well if scientists start making commercials about religion and its negative effects, you'll see rioting on streets. People are still well below a 100 IQ and telling someone all their silly believes are whats making them stupid and poor will, well you get the idea they will not be happy.
     
  11. Aug 15, 2007 #10

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    Man, that would be hilarious. A science commercial that shows illustrations of Jesus and the verses of the Bible fading in and out, overlaid by a booming, deep voice, saying "Do you believe in Jesus? If so, you must be very, very stupid."

    - Warren
     
  12. Aug 15, 2007 #11

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    Lets pitch in and have one on Super Bowl
     
  13. Aug 15, 2007 #12
    I would honestly donate money to such a superbowl commercial, and I think its 100% possible if everyone donates some money. A super bowl add runs 2.4 million. If you can get 240k people to donate 10 bucks each, you have yourself a commercial. Why not, lets do it. Seriously. Its not THAT many people in a population of 300 million. Its 0.08% the population.
     
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  14. Aug 15, 2007 #13

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    It won't do any good though -- you have to understand that these days, religious people are mostly on the defensive. They see medicine and science encroaching upon their "territory" all the time. As a result, they spend an inordinate amount of their resources inventing ways to discount the scientific evidence and maintain a narrow rationale for faith. Think about how the vatican has responded to everything from dinosaur bones to stem cells.

    If these true believers see such an advertisement, they'll just write it off as evil scientists trying to rob them of their faith yet again.

    - Warren
     
  15. Aug 15, 2007 #14

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    Don't care. I'm not religious about science so it doesn't really bother me. People can do whatever they want. If you really, really want change then use cunning and get into a powerful position. *****ing will only swell the irritation, because as chroot said:

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    and they're richer and more powerful with crowds than you are.
     
  16. Aug 15, 2007 #15

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    Yes, you'd be the wrong person complaining.

    You'd have better luck writing to the other companies that had commercials on the same show and telling them you refuse to buy from someone that advertises on the same shows as the commercials you find offensive. Stations are very likely to listen to complaining advertisers.

    It's basically the same reason you used to see so few commercials for feminine hygiene products, viagra, and condoms, etc (except it was based on gut instinct rather than letters of complaint). Stations would lose advertisers, especially the advertiser worried about having the commercial after the offending commercial. They'd be afraid viewers would change the channel before their own commercial came on.
     
  17. Aug 15, 2007 #16
    :confused: So we should just sit back quietly. Thats a very weak argument. Do you sit back when injustice happens because, "well, most people are doing it".....
     
  18. Aug 15, 2007 #17
    :rofl: I think that should definitely be done, if just for the sake of stirring things up a bit :rofl: ... I don't know what network would have the balls to run it though... probably only like HBO and comedy central or something... for some reason I don't see FOX NEWS running them :rolleyes:

    While I do defend their right to express whatever beliefs they have (as long as it's not reported as news, since the news-media has duties that go beyond freedom of speech), I do think it's funny that, if scientists put out commercials of a similar tone, the public outrage would be huge.

    Imagine the kinds of letters a network would receive if they ran ads that speak about the bible the way these ads speak about evolution :rofl: and I doubt those people would have a sense of irony.
     
  19. Aug 15, 2007 #18

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    Actually, I told you to use cunning and get in where you can change things if you really find it an injustice.

    It's totally not an injustice to me. I could care less.

    If somebody gets in my face and wants to mess with MY comfort, that's a different story. I won't have that, I'm actually pretty good at scaring Mormons away... I do it more for entertainment though than some sense of "justice".

    But TV? Turn it off and quit whining.
     
  20. Aug 15, 2007 #19
    that's the way I see it too. I see religion as a destructive force: destructive to the human spirit and intellect.
    I don't speak against it because I like offending people or being an A-hole (although, in some cases, with the highly delusional, I must admit it can be funny), I speak against religion because I honestly believe that the world would be a better place without it.
    You can't force people to not believe in what they believe, but words are powerful; the world has changed a lot through the power of words and education in the past centuries, so it is important to speak up.
     
  21. Aug 15, 2007 #20

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    I apologize for my pessimism, but I think religion is a 'force' that's beyond our control. It's always been around. It's not decaying with time or anything. In fact, we had a Golden Age... but it's long over.

    Anyway... why not put your energy into promoting science rather than destroying religion?
     
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