Atheist bus ads and billboards

Over the last few years, various atheist and freethought groups have been reaching out by creating bus ads and billboards. Most of their content has been rather innocuous, with only a few that could be called combative.

There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life
Don’t believe in God? You are not alone
Millions are good without God
Imagine no religion
In the beginning, man created God
Beware of Dogma
Faith is believing something you know ain’t true — Mark Twain
You know it’s a myth. This season, celebrate reason! (with a traditional Nativity display)

But some transit agencies have turned down some of these ads, and some billboards have gotten “revised” by defacers. But the most remarkable reaction was what happened when the Dallas – Fort Worth Coalition of Reason ran some ads that state “Millions of Americans are good without God” on the Fort Worth transit system’s buses. Certain pastors claimed that they were so offended by this ad that they threatened to boycott the transit agency. Some local businessmen, however, sent out trucks to trail the buses with slogans like “I still love you — God”.

Bus Billboards Say Atheists Good Without God CBS Dallas / Fort Worth – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of DFW
Atheist Bus Ads Rattle Fort Worth – NYTimes.com

Why run these ads? To make converts? Unlikely. But there’s another reason, and I think a good one. To reach out to people who are on the fence or who might already be convinced, to show that they are not alone and that there are organizations that they might possibly be interested in. Discovering that one is not alone in something can be a great feeling; we are social animals, not solitary ones like cats.

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