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Atheism on the buses

Do you ever get annoyed by those religious ads you see plastered all over town? TV comedy writer Ariane Sherine does, so she wrote an amusing article for The Guardian suggesting that atheists club together and pay for their own.

She calculated that if she could get 4,680 atheists to contribute £5 each, that would pay for an ad on a London bendy bus for a two weeks. The slogan: “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and get on with your life.”

Whether or not she expected to be taken seriously, her idea caught the imagination of political blogger Jon Worth who set up an online Pledgebank.

There’s still a long way to go before the target is reached, but surely it is worth a go. Just imagine the outraged squeals of offended religionists! How dare atheists express their opinion in public?

You can also sign up via Facebook. Go on. Spread a little godlessness.

UPDATE 08.07.08: The battle is hotting up! Pharyngula has just revealed that this billboard has just appeared in Seattle:

UPDATE – January 9, 2009: TheAtheist Bus Campaign has truly gone global. See latest report here.

96 responses to “Atheism on the buses”

  1. Allison says:

    and… isn’t “almost certainly” basically the same thing as saying “probably”? They’re kind of synonyms.

  2. spriggig says:

    Don’t believe in God? You’re not alone.

  3. Asman says:

    It’s worth to donate.But I suggest clear and sharp message.

    God created man/False.

    Man created God/True.

    God is human imagination.

  4. Just An Illusion says:

    Hey, let me just rephrase the first guy to comment about ‘probably’ so I sound like a hard core non-believer. Because repeating the same thing over and over proves how much I don’t believe in God.

    Folks, there is only God. No you or me or Other. Just God. And God is love.

  5. tom says:

    4,680 atheists to contribute £5 each = £23,400 = US$47,032 for two weeks = $1,175,800 per year to put an ad on ONE bendy bus!?!? I am going to buy a bus and just drive it around all year displaying ads.

  6. Erick says:

    I have to say, atheism as I interpret it (the denial of God’s possible existance) requires the same blind faith Islam or Christianity does.
    That being said, I don’t believe in God

  7. SymplyLuscious says:

    Pray to me not something that doesn’t exist and I will give you what you want if it involves Sex..

  8. haddon says:

    we have that same billboard here in denver. in fact, they are appearing all over the US, there have been those signs in philly, atlanta, and a few others. it is all from 1 orginization, actually based here in my home city.

  9. Chalky Dunlop says:

    If The God does not exist, how do you explain cups and santa? they didn’t just invent themselves, you know.
    I writ a book about you, so watch out.
    I writ a book about YOU. It am called a bible because i am called God.
    It is a PROVEN fact that atheists are only so anti God because they fancy God. It scares you when you get excited picturing him in a dress.

  10. Eeschmee says:

    You know what i find interesting about this venture? You bitch and moan and cant decide whether God probably doesn’t exist or He emphatically doesn’t exist and then you cant even find 4680 of you to donate 5 pounds each! If this were a christian venture, christians would be donating entire salaries to get an advertising campaign on the road! Put your money where your atheistic mouth is at! At least christian’s beliefs affect their hip pocket!

  11. Chalky Dunlop says:

    Thanks for putting my post on.
    You atheists are alright.
    I will now watch the Olympics.

  12. David Osborn says:

    Yeah, remove the offending P word and I’ll pay £10 a month.

  13. Chalky Dunlop says:

    Is Reg Varney in ‘Atheism on the Buses’? cos he’s the devil. Jack the teeth got out when the goin was good. or should i say ‘god’ ahahahahahahahahahaha! I’m like that ned sherrin, me.

  14. jesus says:

    saying probably doesnt make it an agnostic sign. if you deny the possibility of a higher power your a fool. Even Richard Dawkins has said its just highly unlikely, not impossible.

  15. PakBehl says:

    Bunch of whiners, can’t you just accept that this is a step in the right direction? You can’t just expect people to accept ‘God DOESN’T exist’ plastered in public places. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and religion destroyed it, too.

  16. Crimson says:

    @Uhhhhhh
    “Agnostisism simply a subsect of Atheism”.
    That’s not strictly true. I’m an agnostic theist.
    No, that’s not a typo.

  17. DAZZY says:

    I just feel sorry for all the people who dont live in reality, a normal human by now, should have to see something to believe it, you all just go with what you feel, and pitty them , we will never change whats been started so just live your life out being nice, and try to find one of us,(someone whos got his/her head screwed on,and maybe have a chat about what could have been,dont get into any arguments about gods, theres no point,you know who you are ,your right at the top of the evolutionary chain ….

  18. Reg says:

    To all those who want to include the word ‘probably’ I’d like to ask – do you assiduously include the word ‘probably’ when you deny the existence of Santa, the tooth fairy, the bogeyman….etc? If not then you are at least intellectually dishonest, and in all probability kowtowing to the religious bullies who insist on special rights for their belief system(s).

  19. Mike says:

    Cue the muslims getting offended.

  20. […] the campaign was first mooted back in June, The Freethinker helped raise awareness with an article which was picked up by richarddawkins.net and Pharyngula. We are delighted to see it taking off so […]

  21. Rob Hughes says:

    Oh how proundly foolish is the person who professes atheism. By definistion a person cannot even be an atheist. Does the atheist posses all knowledge? No. Can he then state unequivocally that there is sufficient evidence to prove that there is no God? No, he cannot. He cannot because he does not know everything. He is simply an agnostic.

    This foolishness is compounded with the running of various campaigns that aim to advance the beliefs of atheism. Religion is not to blame for the vast oppresion and attack against freedom that is advancing in the world today. Why then are people so terrified that they feel the existence of God must be attacked. Could it be that they feel threatened where it hurts most –

  22. Marcus says:

    *proundly*? *definistion*? And you, Mr Hughes, have the temerity to call atheists foolish!

    Leaving aside the typos, what could be more foolish than your statement that *Religion is not to blame for the vast oppresion and attack against freedom that is advancing in the world today* when all the evidence is to the contrary. Why, only this week a British woman was shot dead in Afghanistan for *spreading Christianity*, and that same benighted Islamic country a young man was jailed for 20 years for the *blasphemy* of downloading women’s rights info from the internet?

    What planet are you on?

  23. Adam Tjaavk says:

    It would be far more dismissive and effective if it were to read “More than probably there are no gods. So stop worrying…”.

    This way of pithily downsizing deity – likening the one to the usually more vigorously dismissed many (Odin, Wakanda, et al) – is an often-missed trick that should always be kept in mind. Just a little less effective on Hindus, I would imagine!

    _____

  24. Aspentroll says:

    Why not, “GOD JUST DIED, SO GET
    ON WITH YOUR LIFE”

    This should appease the believers
    and the no-believers. It simply states that there used to be a god,
    (for the believers) the fact that he just died. (fits with way a lot of non believers think) I mean god/he/she, has not been seen lately or ever so
    it will be fair to both sides.

  25. David Brokaw says:

    “…probably no god” sounds like a fallible inductive argument because we haven’t found any evidence (as if that were possible). Since there might not be a single demonstrative argument for the non-existence of a god, why not pit believers against each other and say, “billions of people disbelieve the god that you do believe in”, and give believers a little perspective in the process.

  26. Tim H Coad says:

    Own goal! I think the atheists will score more for the “other side”. The best way to get people not to believe in God is just to ignore him! This way makes people think and many will realise it takes a lot more faith to jettison God than it does to believe in him. You could only say ‘probably’ ‘cos at the end of the day you can’t prove He’s not there!

  27. Rob Hughes says:

    Hi Marcus

    Apologies for the typos, I was rather rushed the other day.

    You state that on the basis that a Christian woman was killed we can deduce that religion is to blame for an attack on freedom?? I am from planet earth (to answer your question) and I know enough about people and human history to know that the greatest atrocities that have occurred in this world have occurred independent of religion. Secular humanists like Hitler, Lenin, Pol Pot and Stalin have brought about a far greater evil than religion ever has.

  28. Marcus says:

    Hi Rob Hughes, typos are forgiven, but I find your statement *I know enough about people and human history to know that the greatest atrocities that have occurred in this world have occurred independent of religion. Secular humanists like Hitler … have brought about a far greater evil than religion ever has.*

    All I can say is that your knowledge of human history is nothing short of lamentable if you believe Hitler was an atheist

    Adolf Hitler was baptised in a Catholic Church in 1889 and was never be excommunicated or in any other way officially censured by the Catholic Church.

    Hitler frequently referred to God and Christianity in his various speeches and writings.

    In one 1933 speech, he said that *To do justice to God and our own conscience, we have turned once more to the German Volk.*

    In another he said: *We were convinced that the people need and require this faith. We have therefore undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out.*

    In a 1922 speech, he said: *My feeling as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was his fight against the Jewish poison.*

    Some atheist, huh?

    See http://atheism.about.com/od/isatheismdangerous/a/HitlerAtheist.htm

  29. Well said, Marcus.

    The funny thing is, Rob Hughes didn’t actually call Hitler and atheist. He called him a “secular humanist”, which is even more ignorant.

  30. joy says:

    Its the discrete human self that probably doesnt exist.. “we are such things as dreams are made of” .. oh and you simply have to translate these buses into arabic, hebrew etc too.. it’s only fair guys..

  31. David Ryan says:

    Have you all seen how much has been raised in a few days, in excess of £110,000. Brilliant

  32. […] an appeal was recently relaunched for funds to put an atheist message on London buses, Christian Voice’s cretinous Stephen “Birdshit” Green commented: Apparently, an atheist […]

  33. RG says:

    Atheists live the best lives 🙂

  34. holyjumper says:

    Why not to improve your simplistic imagination? Exactly, remove the “NO” and it will really be something new, and I will subscribe. As it is, is simple banality…

  35. Jandy says:

    There is NO GOD

  36. bothwell makomva says:

    Would you not rather drive at a safe speed when there are no traffic police on the road, because if you don’t and they suddenly lay a trap you will be sure to get nabbed.

    Would you rather not believe that God exists and then do what is right as a godly human being than be an ungodly person and discover when its too late that you should have just listened, after all you all have that little voice telling you now that you are wrong. He is there Alive.

    This is serious stuff. The advert in question seems to subscribe to the school of thought that believing in God makes you sad, but God has nothing to do with your sadness he is the creator of happiness and man makes another man sad, where does God come into this. The advert may have meant more sense if it said there is probably noone sane, so join them and be all mad. Because there are very few sane beings out there,me included.

    Questioning God’s existence because of ulterior human behaviours is like blaming money as the root of all evil; in both cases it is neither God nor the money to blame, it is you and me bringing God and money into desrepute.

    I will tell you now and forever be aware that, putting an advert on a bus does not stop his existence, neither does it offend genuine christians. The fact that you do not believe in God, does not invalidate his existence nor does it decrease our belief and in any case we know that until you repent; and as sure as the sun still rises from the east to the west, a day will come and you will remember today and know that indeed God exists. My question to all who do not believe is

    “WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO THAT DAY?”

    Thank you

    Chinyavada Hachirume Usati Warumwa.

  37. Hope says:

    The only thing satanists, anti-christs or whatever you call yourself, don’t know is that the rise against christianity is well documated and foretold in the bible. Again that proves god does exist. I am really not suprised. The problem with open minded people sometimes is that brain cells do escape leaving behind an head with nothing but air. That is exactly what is happening to some cats in London.

  38. Barry Duke says:

    “The rise against christianity is well documated [documated?!] and foretold in the bible. Again that proves god does exist.”

    Sorry Hope, but a book cobbled together by a bunch of superstition-riddled bronze-age knuckleheads does not prove the existence of a god any more than Harry Potter proves the existence of wizards.

    That aside, the bus campaign is not an attack on Christianity. It is simply a reaction to all the religious advertising that has annoyingly been plastered on the buses and in the underground in London for decades, and it prompts people to consider the possibility that a god-free life can be as fulfilling, if not more so, than as one dominated by delusional beliefs in the supernatural.

    To borrow your own terminology: The problem with RELIGIOUS people sometimes is that brain cells do escape leaving behind an head with nothing but air.

  39. Sam says:

    Are we admitting our ancestors were very stupid (sorry, I meant wrong) for following religion including Christianity? Just like they were wrong for invading and stealing wealth from Africa? C’mon guys, the world is got too many serious issues, including a recession, at hand right now.

    Look dear atheists, you have nothing to worry about because, from the look of it, you have more people on you side than you realize. Though majority of people might claim to be religious, a growing number is not actively practicing or conforming to the standards stipulated by their respective religions. I therefore think there was no need for those annoying messages (Oh yeah quite lackluster for sure!) you put on the buses – it might just cause unnecessary tension. If people are comfortable with their choices, then let it be. A wiser approach would have been to petition for those ‘religious posters’ to be removed. That would make it even since that’s all you seem to want to achieve.

    That aside (I am not attacking school of thought), even the simple logic or so called reasoning you call people to fails to answer many questions either. Does one then believe in Science? There are so many gaps (science has big liars!) there too. Lets all learn to leave people alone.

  40. sbs says:

    Leaving aside the typos, what could be more foolish than your statement that *Religion is not to blame for the vast oppresion and attack against freedom that is advancing in the world today* when all the evidence is to the contrary. Why, only this week a British woman was shot dead in Afghanistan for *spreading Christianity*, and that same benighted Islamic country a young man was jailed for 20 years for the *blasphemy* of downloading women’s rights info from the internet?

  41. stucathome says:

    If those who choose to believe in a religion see the bus poster as offensive, perhaps they could enlighten us agnostics as to what all religions around the world could agree on as the true definition of God
    In the real world to disagree with someone alses point of view is commonplace but at least the opposing parties can agree as to what their words mean! “God created man in his own image and man returned the compliment. Think on..

  42. David John says:

    You know you are all cowards. You should put the word ALLAH on your athist bus instead of God and see what happens.

  43. Chalkie Dunlop says:

    Using basic maths i have proven you all wrong, and your lives and mentalities have been rendered a sham. I used to think you lot was alright, but you just keep bangin on about it, doe ya. Tay right. You're obsessed.
    A year ago this week, on my debut, i was just like all of you, but then i discovered women and girlfriends and ive got to admit, it doesnt all bother me so much any more.
    I reckon God will lamp you, and johnny cash will do pisses on you afterwards….you French people make me so sick you honestly do.
    Was it not shakespeare himself who said: "To believe in God is to believe in the existence of eggs. All eggs. To not believe in any eggs at all is…per se…shambolic and stooopid. It is like saying there's no such thing, per se…avec tooty…as golf, when there clearly is."
    You never even answered my question about reg varney and jack the teeth, which is proper weird of you, anyway, so how can there not be a God if you didnt answer that? You have disproved your own argumentings, and, avec tooty….your own irrelivence and shit dress sense.

  44. jac42 says:

    If you've read The God Delusion, Dawkins explains why the "probably" is necessary for most athiests.

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  46. richard says:

    Religion is very important because it reminds us when to have dinners like the x-mas do, and festivities like the easter eggs etc. It is also very important because X-mas day, boxing day, good friday, and easter monday are bank holidays and we can all relax at home.