Friday, February 6, 2009

Atheist "Love Bus"

From the UK Guardian online:

"Its slogan – "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life" – can already be seen on buses in central London. A total of 200 bendy buses in London and 600 buses across England, Scotland and Wales will carry the slogan from today and tomorrow following a fundraising drive which raised more than £140,000.

The money raised will also pay for 1,000 advertisements on London Underground from Monday. Organisers today unveiled a set of quotes from famous writers and thinkers who endorse the atheist message. "

The sad part is, while atheists are trying to appear more intellectually honest by saying "there's PROBABLY no God", it's really no more honest a statement than "there is no God", which is is what atheists, by virtue of their moniker, really believe.

140,000 British Pounds would buy a lot of welfare services for broke people in English slums. Instead, it's wasted on signs and advertisements, which will be thrown away and forgotten. So much for making your world a better place!

"The launch, held today near the Albert memorial, featured speeches by Dawkins, author of The God Delusion; Ariane Sherine, creator of the Atheist Bus Campaign; and Hanne Stinson, from the British Humanist Association.

The fundraising drive was prompted by a suggestion from comedy writer Sherine, who received support from the British Humanist Association (BHA) and atheist campaigner Richard Dawkins.

Sherine, a television comedy writer, suggested the idea in a Guardian Comment is Free blog last June, saying an atheist bus campaign would provide a reassuring counter-message to religious slogans threatening non-Christians with hell and damnation. "

Yep, telling everyone there's nothing we know of outside our Universe, and that we're accidental meat robots with no purpose, is LOTS more reassuring than telling people their lives are special, have meaning, and that the God who has loved us is still there for us, if we allow Him to come in! Just ask the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Twin Towers attack, or even the London Subway bombings how many atheists they sought out for reassurance and answers to the confusion!

Speaking at the launch , Sherine said the sheer number of donations received had demonstrated the strength of feeling in Britain.

She said: "This is a great day for freedom of speech in Britain and I'm really excited and thrilled that the adverts have been approved and I hope that they will make people smile on their way to work.

"I am very glad that we live in a country where people have the freedom to believe in whatever they want."

Defined as: The freedom to needlessly attack other people's religious beliefs with open-air ad campaigns.

There has been overwhelming financial support for the project, which exceeded its funding target less than 24 hours after being launched, raising nearly nine times the amount needed to have its posters on buses.

Around £6,000 was needed to run adverts in London but within two days, individuals and organisations had pledged more than £87,000. More than £135,000 has been pledged so far. Today's event will also reveal the next stages of the campaign.

The theology thinktank Theos welcomed the campaign, saying it was a "great way" to get people thinking about God. "The posters will encourage people to consider the most important question we will ever face in our lives. The slogan itself is a great discussion starter. Telling someone 'there's probably no God' is a bit like telling them they've probably remembered to lock their door. It creates the doubt that they might not have."

Now, that's what I like: A "cup half full" mentality. You go, Brother!

The success of the British campaign has inspired atheists in the US to run their own advertising slogans in Washington DC. The American Humanist Association launched a bus advertising campaign last November with the slogan, "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake", appearing on the sides, rear and insides of the city's 230 buses.

Now that's funny, considering that atheists don't believe in "goodness". All they believe in is response to situations. There's no "evil" or "good". They believe everything is relative. That's why godless societies and governments ultimately fail.

Remember, when the Iron Curtain fell, and the Soviet Satellite Republics became independent nations, what were 2 things the people in those countries asked for?


'Nuff said.