Wednesday, 14 January 2009
And you bus, do you believe in God?
It all started in the UK with an Atheist Campaign.
Hundreds of London buses now carry ads reading: 'There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.'
Now in Barcelona The campaign launched by the Union of Atheists and Freethinkers has received more than 6,000 euros (8,000 dollars) in donations which are expected to allow it to also plant ads on two buses in the capital Madrid.
'We live in a free country,'
'The (Catholic) Church launches messages, why should we not do the same?'
'Such a campaign does not hurt anyone, will bring fresh air and a slap to fanaticism,'
An evangelical pastor in the Madrid suburb of Fuenlabrada was even swifter off the mark, raising funds from his faithful to pay for two buses to drive round the Spanish capital for two months bearing the counter-slogan: "God does exist. Enjoy life in Christ."
'We are not worried about the atheists, but want to divulge our message,'
"We want to communicate to the world that Christ exists and offers the way to a better life,"
"Everyone has the right to express their opinions freely, and that includes us."
"Faith in God is not a source of worry, nor is it an obstacle for enjoying life,"
Religious or Atheist or Agnostic, you'd better have a look on the ad of the bus before you get on it.
In Barcelona “At bus stops, most travelers were not aware of the ads that were created by the atheist association, and the few people that did have some knowledge showed total indifference and only wanted the bus to travel as quickly as possible in order to get around,”
Imagine people in Madrid (by the end of the month the atheist buses will appear too) watching the passing by buses, which bring up such a controversial issue, reading one the one that 'Possibly, there's no God' and yet reading on the other that 'Yes, there's God'. Some may find it kind of cool and smile, however, most of them will get frustrated with the whole idea.
At the end, the happy ones will only be the people who own the bus companies and get the money.
Along with the Uk and Spain comes Canada and Some interesting quotes about atheism I found on their site:
“The way to see by Faith is to shut the eye of Reason.” - Benjamin Franklin
“Since it is obviously inconceivable that all religions can be right, the most reasonable conclusion is that they are all wrong.” - Christopher Hitchens
“Question: How do you know you’re God?
Answer: Simple. WHen I pray to him, I find I’m talking to myself.” - Peter O’Toole
“Science has done more for the development of Western civilization in one hundred years than Christinaity did in eighteen hundred.” - John Burroughs
“The difference between religions and cults is determined by how much real estate is owned.” - Frank Zappa
“Faith is the great co-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.” - Richard Dawkins
Some given by the readers of the site:
“Even if there is no God, the Universe is still awesome”
“Atheists are nice because they like to be, not because they are commanded to be”
“The faithful strive for the benefit of one invisible God, atheists strive for the benefit of 6,000,000,000 fellow humans”
“There’s probably no Heaven so let’s make this world better”
“You will burn in Hell for all eternity!!! (Unless, of course, you don’t believe in Hell)”
“Worried if you’re going to Heaven or Hell? Well stop believing in them then.”
“YOU CAN’T PROVE THAT THERE IS A GOD ANYMORE THAN I CAN PROVE THAT THERE ISN’T ONE. LET’S JUST CALL IT EVEN.”