Head of the Moscow Patriarchate Sourozh Diocese (Great Britain) Bishop Yelisey expressed his concerns with the London “No God” bus campaign.
“Atheistic propaganda in London is especially painful for us, members of the Russian Orthodox Church. We have a unique experience of life in atheistic state and we can prove that true atheism is not as joyful as they try to present it,” the Bishop told Interfax-Religion on Wednesday.
Thus, Bishop Yelisey reacted on the recent ad action of the British Humanist Association, which launched several dozens buses running on the streets of London with the slogan “There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”
According to the interviewee of the agency, “the appeal to enjoy your life without God is unattainable as existence without supreme truth and justice inevitably lead to losing moral orientation and the very meaning of life.”
He also backed up the “contra-campaign” unfolded by the Russian Hour TV. Twenty-five buses with depictions of the Holy Trinity, St. Sergius Laura, cupolas of Russian Churches and slogan “There IS a God, BELIEVE. Don't worry and enjoy your life” will appear on London streets on March 1.
Activists of the Christian Party, who run for the European Parliament, backed up the Orthodox initiative.
They made posters, also to be placed on London buses. They read, “There definitely is a God. So join the Christian Party and enjoy your life.”