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Pathetic ‘Just Pray’ billboards target train passengers

Pathetic ‘Just Pray’ billboards target train passengers

If all goes to plan, tomorrow morning I will be interviewed at 8.30 pm UK time on BBC Hereford and Worcester about a series of images from a film made by Just Pray UK that have been placed on hoardings at a railway station in Hereford.

Readers will remember that there was a great deal of huffing and puffing when UK cinemas banned the film late last year. 

The Digital Cinema Media (DCM) agency, which handles British film advertising for the major cinema chains, Odeon, Cineworld and Vue, said it had a policy of not accepting political or religious advertising content in its cinemas.

It said that:

Some advertisements – unintentionally or otherwise – could cause offence to those of differing political persuasions, as well as to those of differing faiths and indeed of no faith, and that in this regard, DCM treats all political or religious beliefs equally.

Well, Just Pray has come up with what it no doubt thinks is a cunning stunt to counter that ban: hoardings showing four images from the 60-second Christian propaganda film are targeted at passengers arriving at Hereford station.

Frith

The Bishop of Hereford, Richard Frith, above, will also be greeting passengers with Just Pray postcards. He said:

We think this is a great idea. The justpray.uk website has attracted so many people and we want those locally to know all about it too. You don’t have to be an expert on how to pray, the website gives you an opportunity to just pause and have your say.

The images are displayed on 8ft by 8ft hoardings which will remain in place for six months.

The BBC contacted me today to ask whether I would be agreeable to be interviewed about the campaign. I emailed them back, saying that I, personally, had no problem with the hoardings as they seem not to be in breach of rules laid down by the Advertising Standards Authority, which addressed the cinema ban of the film here.

But I will point out in the interview that this is an exercise in futility. The vast number of people seeing these silly images will dismiss them as wholly irrelevant.

I will also say that the C of E is desperately clutching at straws. Its membership numbers are continuing to plummet, and, according to this report today only around 16 percent of people in the UK are C of E members, and of these less than 11 percent attend services at least weekly.

24 responses to “Pathetic ‘Just Pray’ billboards target train passengers”

  1. CoastalMaineBird says:

    Some advertisements – unintentionally or otherwise – could cause offence to those of differing political persuasions, as well as to those of differing faiths and indeed of no faith,

    The CPO (Church of the Perpetually Offended) will be all over this.

    As an atheist, I am not offended by anyone’s expression of faith. If it keeps you from killing or stealing, good on you.
    Unless and until you start thinking yourself better than me, because of it, I have a whole lot of apathy about it.

  2. CoastalMaineBird says:

    Having said that, I never quite understood the idea of prayer.

    Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

    So, why doesn’t anybody ask for a cure for cancer or something?

    I recently heard somebody ask for prayers for some dead person, and their family.

    I have to imagine the thought process: “This guy’s already dead, but God will decide what to do with him, based on what *-I-* ask for.”.

    Maybe it’s a voting thing: after you die, there is a 24-hour voting period. God tallies the prayers FOR, and the prayers AGAINST, and cals the winner.

    No, that doesn’t make sense either. Can somebody explain how prayer is supposed to work?

  3. Broga says:

    Prayer is asking an omniscient God to change its mind. Meanwhile the government, in an affront for what currently passes for democracy, insist that the unelected, £300 a day for turning up, bishops in the Lords are there in perpetuity. The government behaves like Nicholas 11, the last of the Romanovs. Despite the overwhelming need for change he insisted on maintaining an unsustainable status quo.

    There is a growing anger at the governing elite and its entrenched privileges. You can see this is the USA where there is such support for the clownish Trump. To a lesser extent the Jeremy Corbyn manifests that here. The MPs don’t want him. The Labour voters do.

  4. L.Long says:

    As said by others the prayers are just making folks feel good about doing nothing constructive!
    I prayed for the guy but he died anyway so it is gawds will, but then he did not bother to drive the guy to the hospital, but I prayed. There is so much stupid in religion that to be religious is not stupid, it is not that high on the intelligence scale.

  5. Trevor Blake says:

    A fine place to start regarding the question of prayer…

    http://whywontgodhealamputees.com

    Why, in all the history of humanity, can prayer not lead to a single instance of the re-growth of an amputated limb?

  6. Vanity Unfair says:

    When confronted with the mangled corpse that is the remains of Britain’s railway system. “Just pray” might be the only advice left to take.

  7. barriejohn says:

    Tremendous excitement in the scientific world today over the discovery at last of gravitational waves, many years after Einstein proposed their existence, and the religious are still promoting their backward, primitive view of the universe. Just take a look at this:

    https://lovegod.wordpress.com/2007/02/19/god-could-be-detected-by-gravitational-waves/

    In similar fashion to the use of garlic and cross in repelling vampires, watch the effect upon religiots of the use of such concepts as “fact” and “logic”!

  8. Angela_K says:

    @barriejohn. Reading the nonsense in your link I am reminded of a religious blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn’t there and finding it.

    “Just Pray”= just do nothing but feel smug about it.

  9. drat says:

    Gravity waves …phoey.
    It was god just rolling over in bed.

  10. drat says:

    Clasped hands and muttered words ….. useless except to make the pious feel good. Fucking arrogant and selfish. Total waste of time.

  11. barriejohn says:

    Angela: Nothing is as effective as prayer!

  12. Ed says:

    Have a look at the Just Pray page on YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlUXh4mx4gI
    Open “… More” and look at the Stats. It’s not capturing the imagination!

  13. CoastalMaineBird says:

    Nothing is as effective as prayer!

    … and saves time, as well !

    +1

  14. AgentCormac says:

    Prayer really does work according to those in the religion-peddling business. And let’s face it, who’s better placed to know? Oh, wait… what’s that you say? There seems to be some doubt from the scientific community? Who on earth would have thought?!
    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/12082681/ns/health-heart_health/t/power-prayer-flunks-unusual-test/#.VrzvdfFOlSQ

  15. RussellW says:

    Broga,
    Agreed, why would an omniscient God change its mind?

    CoastalMaineBird,
    I don’t agree with the ‘live and let live’ attitude since the religiots will never leave the rest of us alone. Basically atheists are always on the defensive. Particularly when confronted with the demented followers of the world’s two most aggressively proselytising ideologies, Islam and Christianity.

  16. edwords says:

    Joan of Arc was a big fan of prayer (as were her killers).

  17. Robster says:

    ” You don’t have to be an expert on how to pray”. Bit like being a breathing or eating expert.

  18. 1859 says:

    Does anyone remember this gem that was once used on the London Underground?

    ‘Our Father who art in Hendon
    Harrow Road be thy name
    Thy Kingston come, thy Wimbledon
    In Erith as it is in Hendon
    Give us this day our Berkhamsted
    And forgive us our Westminsters
    As we forgive those who Westminster against us.
    Lead us not into Temple Station
    But deliver us from Ealing
    For thine is the Kingston
    The Purley and the Crawley
    For Iver and Iver
    Crouch End.’

    O I love it!

  19. Stonyground says:

    My personal obsession is doing Triathlons. Thinking about the inexorable decline of CofE membership and attendance, I started to wonder just how many triathletes there are in the UK and whether we should have 26 triathletes representing us in the HOL. For once Google has let me down, although being at work and having a nanny program that doesn’t like us looking at sports pages doesn’t help. Certainly football has more followers than Jesus, even though they don’t all participate.

  20. Justin Badby says:

    This about sums it up.

    https://youtu.be/qegPkqs6rFw

  21. Denis Craik says:

    Why not – it’s cheaper than charity and it makes you feel ever so virtuous.

  22. Stonyground says:

    I have now established that there were about 200,000 triathlon race starts in 2014. Most triathletes would have done more than one event so we still have some way to go before we match the CofE’s dwindling numbers.

  23. […] that, having been asked by BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester to comment this morning on the daft Just Pray hoardings erected at Hereford railway station, I would get the chance to discuss a number of issues concerning prayer, but that was not too be. […]

  24. Justin Badby says:

    Ed
    I just did. How tawdry. And notice the kids being indoctrinated.