THE posting of advertising on buses in Barcelona questioning the existence of God has been called an “attack on all religions.”
The Catalan city has become the first in Spain to copy a similar campaign in the United Kingdom.
Using a direct translation of the slogan adopted in Great Britain, the ads read: “Probablemente Dios no existe. Deja de preocuparte y goza la vida” (There is probably no God. Stop worrying and enjoy life).
Similar campaigns are now earmarked for buses in Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla.
“It is time for non-believers to make themselves seen and display their pride in their own convictions,” said a spokesman for the Catalan Atheists group, who added that 20 per cent of Spain’s population profess no belief in a higher entity.
The campaign has been criticised by the Catholic archbishopric of Barcelona. “Faith in God is not a source of worry, nor is it an obstacle for enjoying life,” it said in a statement.
“This is an attack on all religions,” said a spokesman for Spain’s Catholic Church.
The original campaign began in London last year before spreading to other UK cities.