Atheist bus campaign – banned in Australia?

Posted in Random by jukeboxparables on March 20, 2009


Ok so first a disclaimer. I’m not much of a political animal so you won’t have to worry about finding contrived rants that just go on and on and on about politics in this blog! The random story can’t hurt though and this one caught my eye in particular. Though its more sociopolitical.

Basically Ariane Sherine, a Journalist and TV comedy writer was strolling through London, England one day and saw the following advertisement on a bus; “When the Son of Man comes, will He find Faith on this Earth?” and an associated web-page which of course was peddling the idea that as non-believers in God such people would be “condemned to everlasting separation from God and then spend all eternity in torment in hell” Wow, the religious folk behind that Advertisement/website are a chirpy bunch aren’t they?

Anyway to cut a long story short, Ariane eventually decided to counter this nonsensical bit of advertising with something intended to cheer-up the passer-by instead of filling them with doom and gloom. She setup an Atheist bus campaign that would run a counter slogan “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and [enjoy] your life.” The ad would run on London buses payed for by donations from people who supported the idea of a counter-slogan to the original wacko-religious one. She set a £5500 target to run the ad, this money was raised in a few hours and eventually the idea and donations snowballed and the ad went national, running on man buses all over the UK.

It didn’t stop there though. Atheist organisations in other countries loved the idea and ran with it. It’s become International with various slogans all over the world including: Canada, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, USA, Finland, Germany, Croatia and Switzerland.

Which leads me to my point. Everywhere except Australia! because the company that controls advertising on buses (APN Outdoor) would not allow an Australian version to appear. The Atheist Foundation of Australia attempted to run an ad stating “Atheism – Celebrate reason!” but it was knocked back by every state in the country. The AFA is pursuing legal action via anti-discrimination laws. But so far to no-avail. The ad is rather calming and affirming I find. It’s not challenging or shocking in any way yet It’s been suppressed.

On a side-note the AFA did run the slogan on buses at the recent Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, which was great. Here’s to hoping for a good outcome in this. I won’t hold my breath though.


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  1. sulochanosho said, on March 20, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    A good ‘nogod yeslife’ compaign there. When do the the godmaniac mind unwinds in Australia? Soon it is bound to happen. God is fraud, live in freedom.

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