Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Atheism on the Move

Atheists are not typically thought of as "joiners"; they aren't the type to organize around their beliefs. That's usually the type of thing they eschew. But, it looks like that's all changing...

The Atheist Bus Campaign has garnered interest lately with its successful fundraising. The ads started as a half-joking plea by Ariane Sherine, a writer for The Guardian who was disturbed by bus ads directing riders to a website that condemned non-believers to hell. Within a few days, Sherine had raised enough money to run pro-atheism ads on London buses for two weeks.

Each ad features a quote from a famous atheist and includes the tagline: "There's Probably No God. Now Stop Worrying and Enjoy Your Life." (The "probably," which Sherine admits is more agnostic than atheistic, is a constraint of the transportation authorities' ad restrictions.)

What's amazing about the campaign is that it started with a simple article. Other campaigns are popping up all over the world and the original campaign, having already raised the money needed for ads on the London buses, are now soliciting funds for "wider humanist campaigns."

Who knew atheists could organize?

1 comment:

Paul Fidalgo said...

I just posted, moments ago, a piece on the atheists' recent high profile activities, and how it might impact the "stock price" of atheists in American culture. Have a look (if you don't mind me doing a little blog-whoring):