South Africa's Ban of Anti-Atheist Ad Is Truly Brainless

One complaint dooms billboard

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I normally wouldn't side with a church that's using ads to mock unbelievers, but it's hard to understand why the billboard above was banned in South Africa. One complaint—one!—was all it took for the ad, posted outside a suburban Johannesburg church, to be forced down by the country's Advertising Standards Authority, which ruled it was offensive to atheists. "The visuals of a man holding the sides of his empty head suggest that atheists are 'empty-headed' or lack intelligence, presumably as a result of the above 'belief' communicated," the group said in its official ruling.



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