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Vandalized atheist bus ad in Detroit MIWe all know that America’s primarily-Christian religionists really don’t like the atheist ads that have been popping up, most often on buses, in the UK, the US, and elsewhere. They whine about them, lie about them, and threaten people over them. In Detroit, they protested the signs by vandalizing them. The Detroit Free Press reports on the religionists’ childish antics (WebCite cached article):

Three Detroit buses with advertisements promoting atheism appear to have been vandalized over the past week, an advocacy group said Monday.

The buses featured advertisements earlier this month that read: “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone.” The signage was paid for by a coalition of atheist and agnostic groups. In one ad, the word “Don’t” is torn off, according to photographs provided by the group. On another, the word “Don’t” is scratched over several times.

The SMART bus system is replacing the ads for free per its policies, SMART spokeswoman Beth Dryden said. She would not confirm that the advertisements were vandalized, saying only that they were damaged. Dryden said they have not filed a police report.

Fortunately, the Free Press did not offer the obligatory interview with some local clergyman which amounts to an apologia for the vandalism … along the lines of, “I don’t agree with what they did, but I understand why they did it.”

Someday, religionists will grow up sufficiently that vandalism of atheist ads won’t happen; but as long as religions teach their followers that they need not grow up and are always entitled to have “their way,” this cannot happen.

Hat tip: Friendly Atheist.

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The (UK) Guardian reports that a campaign to put atheist ads on buses in the UK, has provoked complaints to that country’ advertising authority:

The advertising regulator has received almost 150 complaints that an atheist ad campaign, proclaiming “There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life”, is offensive to Christians and other religions that believe in a single God.

Stephen Green, the national director of Christian Voice, is among those who have complained to the Advertising Standards Authority, arguing that the atheist campaign broke the advertising code on the grounds of substantiation and truthfulness.

I’m still waiting for the explanation of how a sign proclaiming there’s “probably” no God, could possibly be offensive to anyone? “Probably” is an indefinite term, and it leaves room for disagreement.

Besides, if saying “there’s probably no God” is “offensive” to believers, then it stands to reason that any statement of belief, even one couched in indefinite terms, is just as offensive to atheists. Signs saying “Jesus saves” or “God loves you” would — by the exact same logic — also be “offensive” to anyone who does not believe in Jesus or God. (As a matter of fact, a “Jesus saves” sign offends not only atheists, but Muslims, Jews, and anyone else who is religious but not Christian.)

This also means that any other form of proselytization — from Mormons or Jevovah’s Witnesses going door-to-door, to people handing out tracts or pamphlets on the street — are also offensive (even if they are not “advertising” which the ASA regulates in the UK).

Green and the rest of the complainers here are just childish whiners. They cannot accept that there are atheists in the world, much less any that are openly atheist. They need to grow the hell up and let others believe as they wish. Well, too bad … atheists exist and they are not going away just because you wish them to, Mr Green.

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