An incredible new fad has swept the globe in recent months: the Atheist Bus campaign. It all began in England (home of Charles Darwin – do you think that’s a coincidence?), with this simple ad:
Since this one was closer to home, geographically, for me, I thought, “Hey, that’s pretty cool.”
Now, to the best of my knowledge, there are atheist bus campaigns underway or being planned on three continents (Europe, North America and South America). Sadly, a proposed campaign has been thwarted (thus far) in Australia.
Needless to say (but I’ll say it anyway), some Christians have not been inspired or amused by the atheist ads. They have, in fact, been quite offended. Stephen Green protested the British buses, to no avail. Ron Heather refused to drive a godless bus. One blogger suggested that Christians should run this ad:
He may be pleased to learn that he can keep his money in his pocket: the Trinitarian Bible Society, one of several Christian groups that have launched counter-campaigns, has already run that ad. (I must say, that scripture verse is particularly well-chosen because a) atheists have never encountered it before, and b) it’s certain to strike fear into even the hardest and coldest of atheist hearts.)
Who would have thought, when this fad began a few months ago, that bus ad mania would become so amusing? Bus ads are almost as entertaining as comic books these days. So, the next time you need some light reading material, instead of traveling to the bookstore, head to the nearest bus shelter and ride read the bus.
– the chaplain