The Atheist Bus Campaign.

The British Humanist Association decided it was time that someone put out a pro-atheism message to counter some of the pro-religion ads that show up all over the U.K. so they put together a plan to raise some money to do just that:

The Atheist Bus Campaign launches today, Tuesday October 21 2008. With your support, we hope to raise £5,500 to run 30 buses across the capital for four weeks with the slogan: “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”

Professor Richard Dawkins, bestselling author of The God Delusion, is officially supporting the Atheist Bus Campaign, and has generously agreed to match all donations up to a maximum of £5,500, giving us a total of £11,000 if we reach the full amount – enough for a much bigger campaign. The British Humanist Association have kindly agreed to administer all donations.

With your help, we can brighten people’s days on the way to work, help raise awareness of atheism in the UK, and hopefully encourage more people to come out as atheists. We can also counter the religious adverts which are currently running on London buses, and help people think for themselves.

As Richard Dawkins says: “This campaign to put alternative slogans on London buses will make people think – and thinking is anathema to religion.”

Which is pretty cool and my only complaint is that it’s happening in the U.K. and not all across America. Still it’s good to see the message getting out. It does my heart even more good to know that in the two days the campaign has been soliciting donations it’s not only met its original goal but has gone on to collect a total of £ 88,237.45 so far! That’s a huge success that will see the campaign expanded to cover the whole of the U.K. and include more than just buses. They’re still accepting donations as well so it may grow even more before it’s done.

Thanks to SEB regular djbrianuk for letting me know about this wonderful campaign. Now we just need to get it brought over here to the states.

And I have to admit that the slogan would make a wonderful tag line for SEB.

16 thoughts on “The Atheist Bus Campaign.

  1. UK is already a lot more irreligious then America. Granted if you were to do it in America, you would have people in the south complaining and burning buses.

  2. To me, it just shows that corporate atheism isn’t much different than corporate religion.  There’s safety in numbers, which is probably why the church movement is so solid.

    And, like your typical money grubbing priest, Author (must stress this over his biologist moniker because this one pays more) Richard Dawkins leads the donations because he knows it is nothing more than a good personal investment (for God Delusion II, perhaps).

  3. Corporate atheism is funny or the thought of it?

    Let’s see.  This atheist bus donation system is created by the British Humanist Association.  They are a registered British charity.  They take donations… you can buy various types of memberships.  You, too, can be a member at!

    If that ain’t “corporate,” I don’t know what is…

    /why does skepticism get thrown out the window when it involves looking at other skeptics? smile

  4. I’ll go with you don’t know what it is. Grab a dictionary and look up the difference between a charity and a corporation. They are not one and the same.

    What’s sad about your comment is the fact that it’s already hard enough to get atheists to organize for their own benefit and here you are deriding a charity that works on our behalf as being “corporate.” As if that would be a bad thing even if it were true.

  5. It sure would be funny to see the outrage of folks when they see atheist billboards showing up.

    Rob, I work for the man at a Fortune 100 (probably 50) company. I can tell you for certain the two are wayyy different.

  6. I’ve always thought it would be easier to put up signs like:

    | …… In the Spirit of ….. |
    | … Numbers 31:15-18 .. |
    | God Bless the Children |

    You could probably get that up a lot more easily than one that’s obviously nontheist.  Most idiots won’t bother to look it up.  In fact, I can see a whole series:  “In the Spirit of 1 Samuel 15:3, God Bless the Children”  “In the Spirit of 2 Kings 2:23-24, God Bless the Children”  Etc.

    P.S.:  Used dots to fill out the sign; spaces don’t stay in most html …

  7. Last Hussar:  Keeping the messianic line clean doesn’t work if you’re keeping the virgins to rape for yourselves.  In fact, if you read the Old Testament as a _political document_, it basically provides justification to the Israelites for anything that they did or wanted to do, and provides excuses for military adventures that ended badly.

  8. The Midianites would have been better off with chariots made of iron:

    (Judges 1:19 NRSV) “The LORD was with Judah, and he took possession of the hill country, but could not drive out the inhabitants of the plain, because they had chariots of iron.”

    So much for omnipotency.

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