Probably No God On The Buses

The British Humanist Association is launching an advertising campaign designed to reassure Londoners that God probably doesn’t exist. Advertising produced for the sides of buses provide the message, “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” Below are two artist’s impressions of what the campaign will look like once the financial target is reached.

There's probably no God on bus


There's probably no God on bus

The Atheist Bus Campaign is a direct response to a Christian campaign from Alpha, in which bus adverts led people to a web site that claimed non-Christians would burn in hell for all eternity. Comedy writer Ariane Sherine used The Guardian’s Comment Is Free column to muster up financial support for a counter campaign.

The campaign appeal has been launched online at www.atheistcampaign.org and is being supported by well known atheist writer Richard Dawkins.

Professor Richard Dawkins said: “Religion is accustomed to getting a free ride — 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. This campaign to put alternative slogans on London buses will make people think — and thinking is anathema to religion.”

Hanne Stinson, Chief Executive of the BHA, said: “We see so many posters advertising salvation through Jesus or threatening us with eternal damnation, that I feel sure that a bus advert like this will be welcomed as a breath of fresh air. If it raises a smile as well as making people think, so much the better.”

So far over 91,000 pounds have been donated to the cause at www.justgiving.com/atheistbus. The Atheist Bus Campaign Facebook group has over 7000 members. Media placement is being arranged CBS Outdoor.

The images above were produced by Graham Nunn and R Longmuir. The original mock-up was designed by political blogger Jon Worth.

The Alpha Bus

Here’s the original Alpha Course bus advertisement that inspired the Atheist counter-campaign. The question on this bus, “Where are we going?”, advertises a ten week course on Christianity run by local churches throughout the UK. Another bus advertisement has the question, “Is this it?”.

Alpha Where Are We Going bus advertisement

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  • Ian

    there’s PROBABLY not god? that doesn’t sound very atheist to me. Probably leaves room for the possibility that there is one? don’t atheists believe there is NO god? no powerful, almighty, benevolent force behind life?
    There IS NO GOD would have been a better choice to use than PROBABLY.

    • http://www.thelivinggod.webs.com Michael

      probably does leave the possibility that there is or maybe not a God. But then you gotta think. If things exist to be here today, everything we can see and touch was assisted in being here. Everything was made with a certain amount of love to exist, and has a purpose for being here. Without purpose it isn’t useful and is done away with. Nothing can come from nothing, but alas things do exist. So something must have come from something.

  • Aaron

    Sounds like the Atheist Campaign should change its name to the Skeptical Agnostic Campaign.

  • http://reformedword.org Robert Murphy

    This reminds me of the hilarious joke: Did you hear about the insomniac, dyslexic agnostic? He stayed up nights wonder if there was really a dog!

  • sarah-jayne

    Well, they have to write ‘probably’ don’t they? That’s because it can’t be proven that there ISN’T a God. It’s good that it’s got everyone talking, but it annoys me that it suggest christians aren’t enjoying their lives! We will just see who is right though, won’t we?

  • Aaron Kordell

    Really?! PROBABLY?! That’s hilarious. If you’re deciding by public opinion, atheism is by far a minority. If you’re deciding by the solidity of evidence, I can easily find more solid arguments for christianity, than atheism. If you’re deciding by largest hole in the head, I really hope there is a big bang, and hopefully something happens in the empty space in their skull. They should probably hire someone new.

  • http://noweb Kira Black

    Well first of all, who are the first to brainwash everyone on religion? Ofcourse Christians. So Atheists are kinda going their way, since they believe in something more. Like science. Weren’t Christians the ones who were racist against the scientists? Oh, yes they were. Oh, and also, if you are so racists against atheists, I can’t even imagine how much hatred you feel towards Buddism or other religions.

    My friend once said ‘Religion is like a penis. It’s nice to have one, but nobody wants you to shove it down their throat.’

    PS.
    I’m really sorry for my bad spelling. My keyboard broke :/

  • Mysweetypie

    Iluminati.. I hate that.

  • http://www.facebook.com jhon aki sakamoto

    what’s that?……Anti-Christ?