Tuesday, February 10, 2009

'There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life'

Bendy-buses with the slogan "There's probably noGod. 
Now stop worrying and enjoy your life' are running on the streets of London. Time Magazine has the story, "Christians and Atheists Battle in London Bus Wars"  Looks like the Crusades are not yet over.
The story begins:

The word of God is on the move in London — literally. Beginning Feb. 9, three separate Christian groups will launch advertisements on more than 200 of London's buses to convince pedestrians of God's existence. "It may be unpopular and unpleasant, says David Larlham, the assistant general secretary of London's Trinitarian Bible Society, a group that distributes bibles worldwide, "but there is a whole lot of truth in the bible that people need to get to grips with." His organization has paid $50,000 to display posters on 125 of London's red double-decker buses that quote Psalm 53: "The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God."

Oh my, religious wars once again.  When will they ever learn?  The fool hath said...  Yes, fools have said lots of stupid stuff over the milenia, but that doesn't mean it's right.  What ever happened to tolerance?  Is lack of tolerance one of those 'grievous' sins?

Columnist Gwynne Dyer writes,  "If the objective was to undermine people's belief in God, then turning the atheist buses loose in Britain was largely a waste of time, because most British people don't believe in God anyway."

Dyer noted that a similar humanist campaign in D.C. brought this sign on busses there: "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake"  He notes, "and there was little public outcry."

At the end of the article, Dyer says:

"The United States is not the same as Europe, but it is not invulnerable to the same trends—which may be why President Obama, while rhyming off the roll-call of America's religions in the time-honoured fashion in his election-night acceptance speech, for the first time added "and non-believers".

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