This is a new ad slogan that has been put on 800 buses in Britain thanks to the Atheist Bus Campaign. Here is the article (Thanks Doug!): http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/world/europe/07london.html?_r=1
How awesome is that? (I don’t know who the old dude is. Probably just one of those stumbling around drunk Brits. You know how they are.)
It is about time that someone put out a little marketing for the atheists and agnostics of the world. How many times have you driven down the highway and read some sort of religious billboard? There are all kinds of them talking about Jesus as well as supporting various “moral” campaigns. For instance, “Got Jesus?”. No, I don’t. And at this point, even if I had him, I might keep him locked away just to agitate his flock.
Can you imagine seeing such a sign as this on an American bus? I can’t. Why? Because within 5 minutes someone would be making a threatening call to the bus company owner explaining how they were going to picket and boycott that bus line. Even in Britain, they had to tone it down to say “There’s Probably No God”. Without the “probably” part, it was deemed too offensive.
Now I realize that Britain is much closer to a total moral collapse and will likely be the second coming of Sodom and Gonorrhea. Still, I appreciate the effort they are making to represent those who refuse to walk in lockstep with the religious community. Apparently, I am not the only one. What started as an effort to maybe raise a modest $8,000 has now raised over $200,000. Granted, the Muslims probably ponied up most of the cash but it all still counts.
I love this comment from Sandra Lafaire, who thinks the signs are “dreadful”. “Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I don’t like it in my face.” You mean like the 50 foot high crosses that sit by many Interstates? You mean like the 20 tele-evangelists that hog the Sunday morning airwaves? You mean like the annoying ringing of the church bells? You mean like complete strangers knocking on your door trying to get you to “find” Jesus. (Who appears to constantly be lost. Seriously, can’t you get him a GPS tacking device or something?)
I like the sign if for no other reason than it will agitate the pompous religious types. How dare anyone question the existence of God. (Or whoever your particular religious icon is). It is good for the bible thumpers to get slapped upside their metaphorical heads now and then. It brings them back to reality…if only for a brief moment. Now excuse me while I go pray to the alter of Ben and Jerry’s.