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polylizzy
May. 23rd, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
oh I LIKE that.

even though I think that using a 9/11 reference (even vague) is in very poor taste.

this does not disagree with my thinking, I just wouldnt put it on the side ofa bus.
tedeisenstein
May. 23rd, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
London? I think there was an organization of atheists or skeptics (or, heck, both) that sponsored a bunch of similar ads on buses a while ago.
joreth
May. 23rd, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
It's in the UK, which may explain why some people here, even some atheists, are offended by this ad.

http://www.atheistbus.org.uk/
joreth
May. 23rd, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
Ooh, but there are apparently buses all over Europe and one or two here in the US
tedeisenstein
May. 23rd, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
I was right? Huh. Now if I could only remember where I read about it - I keep vacillating between one of the skeptic magazines, or NewScientist.

joreth
May. 23rd, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
I found out about it through the #atheism tag on twitter :-)
tedeisenstein
May. 23rd, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
Ah, there you have me. I don't use Twitter, nor do I plan to do so any time soon.

(Okay, so I'm a grumpy old fogey....)
icedrake
May. 23rd, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
Everyone and their brother covered this campaign -- though the original slogan was less confrontational.* I can specifically recall coverage on the BBC (World Service in my case, but I'm pretty sure there was an accompanying website story) and in the Guardian.


*"There is probably no god. Now stop worrying and enjoy life."
slinka
May. 23rd, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
Ah, I typed in this last night http://athiestbus.org.uk/
and was thoroughly confused.
joreth
May. 23rd, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Wow, I've been known to make typos in my time, and mixing up the "ie" and "ei" is one of my more common typos ... but before I buy a domain and make it a Name, I spellcheck it first!

I can see why you were confused!
sweh
May. 23rd, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't think it's a real picture, but one generated from http://ruletheweb.co.uk/b3ta/bus/ (and appears to be an old one; the newer images don't have the watermark). I've seen some funny variations :-)
joreth
May. 23rd, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
It's too bad if it's fake, but still funny (IMO).

There are, however, real buses with real atheist billboards, as seen on the atheistbus.org.uk site.

It appears as though the original "There's probably no God. Stop worrying and enjoy your life" is the basis for that generator, since it uses the same font type and color and placement. In fact, that generator uses a spoof on that exact wording for its sample text.
sweh
May. 23rd, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
Yup, that's the original (well, "Now stop worry"). The high-res picture that I think was the basis for the generator is at http://www.atheistbus.org.uk/highres2.jpg
abernathy_24
Jun. 5th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure this is that same organisation, i.e. the same series of ads. It's the same style of poster, same font, same colours etc.
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pstscrpt
May. 23rd, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
How long should it be acceptable to mention it, though? 9/11 is an important example of the downsides of religion, just as Stalin and Mao's purges are important examples of the downsides of atheism.

I realize religion wasn't the only cause of 9/11, and the Nazi's demonstrated that Christianity wouldn't necessarily stop the sort of thing Stalin and Mao did, but they're still important points.
(Anonymous)
May. 23rd, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
If only it were true
This and many other variants of the atheist bus are generated images. The website is here: http://ruletheweb.co.uk/b3ta/bus/

roadknight
May. 24th, 2009 04:57 am (UTC)
Oh That's t3h aw3some!
quaryn_dk
May. 27th, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
I can grant the points that people have made about it being in poor taste, and how fanatics on any point of an issue suck, but damn, that sign is made of win.
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