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Atheist Buses
The Skeptic's Dictionary Newsletter ^ | Feb 2009 | Robert T. Carroll

Posted on 03/14/2009 5:57:19 PM PDT by Salman

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The atheist bus campaign began in England with London comedy writer Ariane Sherine and signs that read "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." Funds were collected by the British Humanist Association, and Richard Dawkins pledged to match donations up to £5,500. The ads are on some 600 buses and in many tube stations. So far only one bus driver has refused to drive his bus because of the ads.

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The idea for an atheist bus campaign is now global and includes nations in Europe, Australia, North America, and South America.

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(Excerpt) Read more at skepdic.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: advertising; atheism; atheists; dawkins; humanists; moralabsolutes
Reports and pictures of atheist ads from all over.

Also a couple of interesting signs against atheism.

1 posted on 03/14/2009 5:57:19 PM PDT by Salman
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To: Salman
"There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."

Act like a communist???

2 posted on 03/14/2009 5:58:43 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Salman
"There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."

Heh, heh. Probably.

You sure it was atheists who put up those signs?

3 posted on 03/14/2009 5:59:13 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Salman

Ironically at the same time Muslims are bending Britons over.


4 posted on 03/14/2009 5:59:51 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Salman

I’m surprised the Jihadists of TROP haven’t put the kabosh on this.


5 posted on 03/14/2009 5:59:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet ("To insist on strength is not war-mongering. It is peace-mongering." Barry Goldwater)
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To: Salman
The idea for an atheist bus campaign is now global and includes nations in Europe, Australia, North America, and South America.

How come the Middle East is being left out? ;)

6 posted on 03/14/2009 6:06:00 PM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: wagglebee
"There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."

In any way you want because there is nothing you can't do -- and pray (to what?) you're right... I hear eternity is a rather long time.

7 posted on 03/14/2009 6:06:23 PM PDT by sionnsar (Iran Azadi | 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | "Tax the rich" fails if the rich won't play)
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To: Salman

“”There’s probably no God”

Doesn’t that make it an agnostic bus?


8 posted on 03/14/2009 6:06:24 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: 2banana

You don’t have to act like a communist to believe there’s no God. ;)


9 posted on 03/14/2009 6:08:06 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life atheist behind enemy lines in Cambridge)
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To: Salman

What is it about atheists and bus riding, anyhow? It’s such an interesting sociological phenomenon. I can’t quite decide, do bus riders need proselytizing, or is their atheist faith weak and in need of shoring up?


10 posted on 03/14/2009 6:09:45 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Darkwolf377
You don’t have to act like a communist to believe there’s no God.

But you do have to believe there is no God to be a communist...

11 posted on 03/14/2009 6:10:11 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2banana

Sorry, that’s absolutely untrue. There’s a lot of history of Christians who believe in communist ideals and communism itself.


12 posted on 03/14/2009 6:13:52 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life atheist behind enemy lines in Cambridge)
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To: Salman

It is people with faith in God who are enjoying life, We arent worried, it’s the atheist who is worried and trying to make himself feel better by strength of numbers in idiots who dont believe. A true athesit wouldnt spend half his life trying to convince others there is no God.


13 posted on 03/14/2009 6:17:04 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Salman

Thanks for posting this.

A very interesting read.


14 posted on 03/14/2009 6:17:25 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: Darkwolf377
Sorry, that’s absolutely untrue. There’s a lot of history of Christians who believe in communist ideals and communism itself.

You ever read the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx? It is the "Bible" of Communism written by the founder of Communism. Let's just say it takes a dim view of religion...

15 posted on 03/14/2009 6:18:35 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Salman

Athiests and Theists (Christians) have taken opposite sides of an unprovable argument. As an agnostic (raised catholic, altar boy when we still spoke latin so don’t give me any crap) I can neither confirm nor deny..still keeping an open mind. Morality is crucial to our form of government and I fear it is sadly lacking. More’s the pity.


16 posted on 03/14/2009 6:20:19 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Salman
“There’s probably no God...”

...but as the old mobster in “Casino” said, why take the chance?

17 posted on 03/14/2009 6:23:44 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Salman

It seems that religious groups should have equal time on bus ads.


18 posted on 03/14/2009 6:25:02 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: gorush

there are theists who are absolutely certain that there is a G-d and there are theists who hold that it is very likely.


19 posted on 03/14/2009 6:30:59 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Hail to the Dork!)
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To: 2banana

I’m not denying that at all. But the fact is, plenty of Christians are communists.


20 posted on 03/14/2009 6:31:35 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life atheist behind enemy lines in Cambridge)
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To: RichInOC

Exactly! Rather believe and be wrong than not believe and be wrong. ;-)


21 posted on 03/14/2009 6:32:42 PM PDT by doc1019 (and a child shall lead them)
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To: RegulatorCountry
What is it about atheists and bus riding, anyhow?

Here in Chicago I've seen bus ads for Islam, but none for atheism.

Maybe it's a question of who has money for ads in what markets. After all, most atheists aren't members of anything.

22 posted on 03/14/2009 6:33:20 PM PDT by Salman
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To: Texas Eagle

Why do they assume that believers worry?


23 posted on 03/14/2009 6:38:06 PM PDT by Marie2 (Ora et labora)
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To: Darkwolf377

I thought atheism was official commie dogma. In which case, I don’t understand how a Christian or any other kind of deist can be a communist.


24 posted on 03/14/2009 6:39:05 PM PDT by Marie2 (Ora et labora)
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To: Marie2
Why do they assume that believers worry?

I believe in psychological parlance, this is known as "projecting".

25 posted on 03/14/2009 6:40:55 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Marie2
Why do they assume that believers worry?

Perhaps we need a Christain version that says:

"It's all in his hands. Do not be anxious for anything."

Or maybe:

"I have read the last chapter, we win."

26 posted on 03/14/2009 6:44:37 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (FDR had the New Deal. President Obama has the Bad Deal.)
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To: Darkwolf377

Liberal “Christians” in name only.

True born again Christian believers cannot be communists because communism is inherently anti God. The communist’s final authority is the State. The true born again Christian’s final authority is in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and God’s Holy Word, the Bible.


27 posted on 03/14/2009 6:47:34 PM PDT by deannadurbin
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To: Darkwolf377
"You don’t have to act like a communist to believe there’s no God."

But if you're an atheist you don't have a logical reason to act like a capitalist unless you're already rich and powerful. Communism is the logical choice of those "have-nots" unconstrained by Christian principles.

28 posted on 03/14/2009 6:57:16 PM PDT by cartoonistx
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To: deannadurbin

Well said.

These people that are pushing atheism so hard are pure Kenites and have no idea what kind of Judgment they are bringing upon themselves.


29 posted on 03/14/2009 7:27:22 PM PDT by HailReagan78
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To: Salman

To bad someone with money can’t put up signs “There is no Richard Dawkins. Now don’t worry and get on with your life.”


30 posted on 03/14/2009 7:39:32 PM PDT by pankot
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To: Salman
Reports and pictures of atheist ads from all over.

"There's probabily is no co-pilot on my ship"

31 posted on 03/14/2009 7:39:39 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (FDR had the New Deal. President Obama has the Bad Deal.)
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To: Texas Eagle

That’s what I was thinking too!

Richard: Please use Darwinian Theory to explain why humans worry about God if he doesn’t exist.


32 posted on 03/14/2009 7:50:06 PM PDT by madameguinot (Our Father's God to Thee, Author of Liberty)
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To: Marie2
I don’t understand how a Christian or any other kind of deist can be a communist.

I know, I wonder the same thing, but I know Catholics who really play into the class warfare thing.
33 posted on 03/14/2009 8:08:21 PM PDT by swatbuznik
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To: Salman
There's probably no God

Hedging their bets, eh?

34 posted on 03/14/2009 8:24:43 PM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (True nobility is exempt from fear - Marcus Tullius Cicero)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

There are no atheists in foxholes.


35 posted on 03/14/2009 9:38:09 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse (unite)
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To: cartoonistx
But if you're an atheist you don't have a logical reason to act like a capitalist unless you're already rich and powerful.

False. Case in point: Me. Being an atheist doesn't alter the logic of being a capitalist. Capitalism isn't a religion, and God has nothing to do with capitalism.

Communism is the logical choice of those "have-nots" unconstrained by Christian principles.

False. Communism isn't a logical choice at all, it's a choice of emotion.

36 posted on 03/15/2009 4:27:53 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life atheist behind enemy lines in Cambridge)
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To: Marie2
I thought atheism was official commie dogma. In which case, I don’t understand how a Christian or any other kind of deist can be a communist.

There are a lot of Christians who believe Jesus was a model communist.

Don't shoot the messenger, but look around, you'll find tons of info on this.

37 posted on 03/15/2009 4:32:43 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life atheist behind enemy lines in Cambridge)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
Hedging their bets, eh?

The idea isn't to convert people who are actively hostile to atheism, but to attract fence sitters. Still a very weak message. Dawkins doesn't want to offend any agnostics or something.

Here's an unequivocal one based on the assumption that most non-believers are hiding it:

A Streetcar Named Disbelief http://friendlyatheist.com/2009/02/04/advertising-atheism-in-new-orleans/

An atheist could be someone sitting next to you in church, afraid of being ostracized by the community. Or so the authors of this ad in New Orleans are expecting.

38 posted on 03/15/2009 6:59:03 AM PDT by Salman
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To: Salman
An atheist could be someone sitting next to you in church, afraid of being ostracized by the community. Or so the authors of this ad in New Orleans are expecting.

Well then, I think they're grossly fooling themselves.

39 posted on 03/15/2009 9:40:27 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (True nobility is exempt from fear - Marcus Tullius Cicero)
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40 posted on 03/15/2009 9:49:08 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Darkwolf377

I can’t prove whether God exists or not, but I choose to believe he does. If I’m wrong, when I die that will be the end of me and I’ll simply wink out of existence. If I’m right, I’ll live on in spirit.

All in all, I think I made a pretty logical choice.


41 posted on 03/15/2009 11:24:55 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Let the 2nd American Revolution begin!)
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To: reagan_fanatic

It’s actually a logical stance. Why were humans given logical spiritual and cognitive understanding in the first place? It was the Lord that provided our home and Satan to tear it down. It was left up to the human population to make that determination. A rabbit keeps silent.


42 posted on 03/15/2009 11:32:40 AM PDT by eyedigress
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To: Darkwolf377
Very true..

They are sadly mistaken though, to a disgusting degree..

Jesus taught to “render unto Caesar what is Caesar's”....Never any mention of forcible redistribution of wealth by govt. decree.

The funny part is, that conservatives give a LOT more to charity than our loving, bleeding-heart counterparts.

I have always found that conservatives are far less concerned with wealth than liberals are. Most likely because we respect our Creator and know there is an afterlife, therefore our material belongings arent everything..

On the other hand, if your a lib atheist and believe this world is all there is, of course you wanna create some phony-baloney socialist utopia.

43 posted on 03/15/2009 2:15:38 PM PDT by HailReagan78
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To: pankot
To bad someone with money can’t put up signs “There is no Richard Dawkins. Now don’t worry and get on with your life.”

Have at it.

44 posted on 03/15/2009 2:17:10 PM PDT by Salman
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To: reagan_fanatic
I can’t prove whether God exists or not, but I choose to believe he does. If I’m wrong, when I die that will be the end of me and I’ll simply wink out of existence. If I’m right, I’ll live on in spirit. All in all, I think I made a pretty logical choice.

Logical? Seems like a horribly cynical one, to me, like you're just tyring to cover the bases, as opposed to a true believer who can't ignore what he sees as the truth and embraces that only because it IS the truth. Choosing to believe something because it's better than nothing, literally, doesn't seem logical at all. IMHO, of course.

45 posted on 03/15/2009 7:21:56 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life atheist behind enemy lines in Cambridge)
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To: Darkwolf377

Not at all. As I said, I CHOOSE to believe. I made the choice to believe in God precisely because I DO believe he exists. I do have a very curious mind, however, so I like to entertain alternative theories, like the possibility that he does not exist.

To me, it’s fascinating to look at ALL angles, not just the one. It strengthens my faith, not diminishes it. I’ve found that exploring the assumption that God doesn’t exist and looking at all the evidence pro and con only reinforces my believe that he does exist, and that the universe we live in didn’t just happen by accident.


46 posted on 03/16/2009 5:15:26 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Let the 2nd American Revolution begin!)
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