Nov 14, 2008

American Humanist Association Puts Atheist Ads on D.C. Buses

Atheists must have some sort of attraction towards buses. Advertisements were put up on London buses that stated, "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." While this may be a new and foreign concept to many, a Washington, D.C. group is nevertheless planning to run its very own atheist bus campaign with advertisements that say, "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake."

The holiday adverts that total to about $40,000 is paid for by the American Humanist Association (AHA). According to Fred Edwords, director of communications for the AHA, the primary reason why the group decided to push forth with the atheist crusade is because "there are an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of non-theists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion."

The ads will appear on the sides, taillights, and even the interiors of over 200 D.C. buses, all in an effort to raise public awareness of humanism as well as controversy over humanist ideas.

"We expect these bus signs to generate a lot of public interest," said Edwords "Some folks may be offended but that isn't our purpose. We just want to reach those open to this message but unaware how widespread their views are.
Unfortunately, other groups don't exactly see things the way the AHA does. The American Family Association for example, does not agree with the AHA proposal, politely stating that, "it's a stupid ad."

+ Fox News: 'Why Believe in a God?' Ad Campaign Launches on D.C. Buses