The mere idea that there are individuals who do not believe in god, and some that even have the audacity to say so, is tremendously offensive to a certain segment of the population. If someone implies that it is possible for people to be good people without that belief, some of the offended people might have a conniption.
I like it when some of the offense and the conniptions actually happen close to home. It makes me feel needed.
The Illini Secular Student Alliance has launched a Secular Samaritan bus ad campaign. This is certainly not the first atheist bus ad campaign, but it is the first that I’m aware of in the Champaign/Urbana area.
One of the bus ads that will be used features Warren Buffett:
One local television station, WAND-TV, posted a photo of an atheist bus advertisement on their FaceBook wall photos on Thursday, 5 November 2010. The ad in their photo is from the Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign.
The photo on FaceBook had the following caption: “Ads like the one you see below are going up on buses in the Champaign/Urbana area. What do you think about this?”
The comments below the photo were… interesting. Some comments confirmed my knowledge that some people do understand the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Other comments helped me to understand that many other people do not understand the freedoms we enjoy in this country. They seem to think that those freedoms only apply to them, not to anyone who thinks or acts differently.
At least the first comment wasn’t bad. That person understands. Churches and religious groups frequently have advertisements posted on the inside of the buses in Champaign/Urbana.
For the second commenter, I must ask what way is this country? In other words, What the fuck are you talking about? You admit that it’s possible to be good without god, but stress that you can’t get into heaven on good works alone. Here’s a clue for you: Those of us who are good without god don’t believe in heaven either. That seems to be difficult for some people to grasp. Discernment is the key? The key to what? Sense make little you very.
At least his first sentence was correct. He seems to think that the “opinion” presented is untrue. Looking at our country is proof of what, exactly? Who is this “they” that he refers to? A giant atheistic conspiracy? Sorry, pal, but one of the things our troops are protecting is our Constitution. Your god has no place in our Constitution. Read the First Amendment at the very least. As I mentioned above, churches and religious groups already have ads on the buses. [I’m not going to touch on the misspelling.]
My first question has to be, “Exactly how fucking stupid are you?” Did this person actually utilize any brain cells before putting their fingers on the keyboard? Who is it that is keeping Christians from promoting Christianity, Jesus, or their god? Where are those religious censors? They must be crawling out of the woodwork, keeping everyone from uttering any biblical phrases. Yet another person who doesn’t understand that First Amendment.
Who would those certain people be? Atheists? How is being a good person without your god an “alltime low?” Just for future reference; as atheists, we don’t believe in any devil either. That’s a religious thing.
Yes, you can say pretty much what you want, no matter how misinformed and utterly ignorant it might be. I think you hit both of those targets with that comment.
Hooray! Someone else understands freedom of speech!
LOL! “And so begins our decline as a great nation!” Dude, you are so deluded.
Yes, churches do place advertisements on the bus. Thank you for being one of the rational few.
You’d rather walk? Go right ahead if you think it means that much to you. Are you really that upset by the fact that someone you don’t know doesn’t believe in the same myths you do? My mind simply boggles.
Once again; we don’t believe in any god, nor do we believe in heaven, nor Jesus, nor some final judgment. Those things are meaningless to an atheist.
Hooray for freedom of (and from) religion (and recognition that it exists). Denying the existence of a deity might be blasphemous to you, but the idea of blasphemy doesn’t mean a damned thing to us atheists. It’s a religious concept.
If you’d rather walk through rain/sleet/snow/cold than ride a bus with a secular advertisement on it, then be my guest. Your god doesn’t belong in our nation’s educational system because of our First Amendment.
“In God We Trust” did not become our national motto until 1956. How does that equate to “always?” I guess always means “longer than I can remember.” [In my opinion, the word god should be removed from our money and the pledge of allegiance as well.] We “as a nation” have nothing to do with your god. Keep it out of our government, please.
OMG! WTF?!? OMGWTFBBQ?!!? WHARRGARBL!!1!11! “I WAS NOT RAISED LIKE THIS!!!” You weren’t? Big fucking la-dee-da deal. What are we teaching the next generation? Not enough critical thinking, in my opinion. How wild is the mere fact that atheists exist?
The comments continue in a similar vein. Many are supportive or non-committal, at the least recognizing the right to advertise in such a way. Many others, however, continue to exhibit ignorance, fear, and misinformation.
One comment calls the speech on the sign “reprehensible and repulsive.” Wow. I thought the sign said “Good without god.” I didn’t know it actually said “Atheists should be allowed to rape nuns and eat babies for breakfast.”
We get another one like this:
That’s it. I’ve had enough of these. Look. lady: I want to know who the fuck says you’re not able to post things about your god?!?! NOBODY! That’s who!
You’re offended by the idea on the sign? Too fucking bad! You don’t have any right to not be offended. Your sheer ignorance offends me. The fact that you are so grossly misinformed, yet still allowed to vote in governmental elections offends me. Do you know what? It doesn’t matter. I’ll wake up in the morning and get on with my life, while you’ll still be ignorant and deeply offended.
I could go on like this forever, it seems, but I won’t. I think you get the idea. There are a lot of highly misinformed and ignorant people in the world. I, for one, don’t intend to let them ruin my day by being the loud shouting majority who always gets their way.
There are more Christians in the US than there are atheists. It doesn’t matter. We’re here, just like we always have been, and we know our rights. Atheism is nothing new. You were born an atheist, and remained one until your parents took you to church. If your “faith” is so shaky that you can’t handle a sign on a bus that says some people don’t think the same way you do, you’re pretty fucking sad.