The British Humanist Society launched a campaign to raise money for the Atheist Bus Campaign. The campaign aimed to raise £5,500 to run 30 buses across the capital (London) for four weeks with the slogan:

“There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”

So far they have raised over 100,000 pounds! It looks like a lot of those donations are 5 or 10 pounds so that’s quite  a few people getting involved. Great to see.

Even the Just Giving site which is hosting the fund raising is amazed how fast the donations came flooding in.

I meant to post this a few days ago after reading about it on The Atheist Blogger‘s site, so Hat Tip to Adrian.

Yikes 2 posts in 1 day  :lol:

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11 Comments to “Atheist Bus Campaign”

  1. Love the slogan! It’s genius!! :)

  2. Yeah OZ pace yourself mate.

    Has there been any public outcry or indeed outlandish criicism from the church?

  3. ozatheist says:

    @ Sean, not so far from what I’ve heard, apart from the occasional loony on blogs, but wait until the idea actually comes into fruition.

  4. novparl says:

    The churches are unbothered. It’s typically naive of Dawkins to think that you can convert people with – a bus advert. One churchman commented that atheists are often good promoters of religion. By their silliness. Few people believe in hell anyway.

    The British “Humanist” Association is so small it keeps how small secret.

    Whatever became of Dawkins’s “Bright” movement?

  5. AV says:

    It’s typically naive of Dawkins to think that you can convert people with – a bus advert.

    There’s no evidence that he’s expecting a bus advert to convert people. The stated aims of the Atheist Bus Campaign are—in their own words—

    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.

    (I trust you consider the sponsors of said religious adverts equally typically naive.)

    One churchman commented that atheists are often good promoters of religion. By their silliness. Few people believe in hell anyway.

    Few believe in hell? That’s an encouraging thought, but do you have any data to back it up? (Few who, by the way?)

    The British “Humanist” Association is so small it keeps how small secret.

    Argumentum ad numerum.

  6. novparl says:

    My comment just got lost, so I’ll make just one point. I “ride” London buses about 7 times a week. I have never noticed any religious ads. We Brits just aren’t religious.

  7. AV says:

    Here’s what I think is happening. The bus companies have somehow managed to implant a microchip tracking device on you, and able to radio ahead to bus drivers when they see you approaching. Said bus drivers are under instructions to tear down the religious ads, stuff them into an overhead compartment, wait until you have disembarked at the end of your ride, and then reattach the religious ads.

    Because if you haven’t noticed the religious ads, then there aren’t any religious ads.

  8. ozatheist says:

    Oh, I feel dirty after seeing that link; thanks AV :lol:
    by the way thanks very much for continuing various discussion with novparl, whilst I’ve been away, I think I owe you a beer or six!

    @novparl – when i get some time I may reply to these and some of your other dodgy allegations. Just one small matter – you Brits are religious, your country has the Church of England as it’s national religion!

  9. novparl says:

    G’day, mates. Nope, haven’t seen this ad. There seems little point in arguing with you two, since you’re so illogical.

    British Humanists often jeer that fewer and fewer people go to church. Less than a million per Sunday. We haven’t disestablished the C of E because we don’t care.
    Still the atheist ads on 30 out of 1000s of buses will convert us all. Where Billy Graham failed.

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  11. AV says:

    G’day, mates. Nope, haven’t seen this ad. There seems little point in arguing with you two, since you’re so illogical.

    We’re not the ones making unsubstantiated claims, such as your claim that anyone is expecting atheist ads on 30 out of 1000 buses to convert all UK Christians.

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