In London, you might see buses like this one roving about the city. The British Humanist Association launched their campaign on October 21, 2008 in response to bus adverts by a Christian organization that included their website address on the ad -when one visited the website, a message that all non-Christians are going to hell for all eternity is waiting to greet them. The atheist ads are a positive response to these unfounded and frightening messages of doom and gloom. So, the slogan they settled on is, “there’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”
The campaign was started by Ariane Sherine (check out her blog!), a 28-year old television script writer, who is offended and concerned about religious organizations “that scare people into thinking irrational and harmful nonsense by threatening them with eternal damnation if they think for themselves.”
They had a fund-raising goal of Â£5,500.00, which they surpassed to reach Â£ 108,422.83 as of this posting! Congratulations to the British Humanist Association!
To quote Richard Dawkins:
This campaign to put alternative slogans on London buses will make people think – and thinking is anathema to religion… Religion is accustomed to getting a free ride â€“ automatic tax breaks, unearned ‘respect’ and the right not to be ‘offended’, the right to brainwash children. Even on the buses, nobody thinks twice when they see a religious slogan plastered across the side.