“For the devout Christian and man of principle, it was a step too far. Bus driver Ron Heather took one look at the 20ft-long banner declaring ‘There’s probably no God’ on the side of his vehicle and refused to get behind the wheel. Saying the atheist advert conflicted with his beliefs, he walked out of his shift in protest.
Now bosses at First Bus in Southampton have accommodated 62-year-old Mr Heather’s convictions by making other buses without the advert available to him. The vehicle was one of 800 across the country to feature the controversial £140,000 advertising campaign, the first of its kind, run by the British Humanist Association. The slogan says: ‘There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.’ The campaign has been backed by evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins, who claims the existence of God is about as likely as that of the tooth fairy.”
(via The Daily Mail)
January 19, 2009 at 7:50 am
The occultists need to get on this start an oppositional campaign.
“Satan is probably real, so…you’re fucked.” or
“Cthulhu is most likely real…Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!”
January 19, 2009 at 9:18 am
I’m going to go with good ol’ R. A. Wilson here, how about:
“Death to all fanatics!” or
“Overall there is a smell of fried onions, so who is frying them?”
January 19, 2009 at 5:51 pm
So wait….someone could pull this same protest over offensive sexist ads, right? Over ads that target children? This looks like a leverage point for UK civil disobedience monkeywrenching.
January 20, 2009 at 2:46 am
Just as this guy has a right to protest for his beliefs, his employer has a right to fire him for not doing his job. I’m sure there are plenty of unemployed people willing to drive that bus. Everyone is replaceable.
I assume the bus company was thinking of the possible uproar that would happen if they DID suspend or fire him, and figured it would be less trouble just giving him another bus.
January 21, 2009 at 12:59 am
Wait, so if a Christian group puts proChristian ads on busses… the nonChristians can refuse to drive the buses? When did we get the right not to be offended?!?