Bendy-buses with the slogan "There's probably no God" could soon be running on the streets of London. The atheist posters are the idea of the British Humanist Association (BHA) and have been supported by prominent atheist Professor Richard Dorkins.
The BHA planned only to raise £5,500, which was to be matched by Professor Dorkins, but it has now raised more than £36,000 of its own accord. It aims to have two sets of 30 buses carrying the signs for four weeks.
The complete slogan reads: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."
As the campaign has raised more than anticipated, it will also have posters on the inside of buses as well.
I must say I am looking forward to this one. The BHA, Dorkins and all the liberal bloggers jumping up and down with unholy glee (all of whom, as far as I can see, are white and middle class - nothing wrong with that, mind you) might still have a vision of Swinging London somewhere in their wee noddles.
In fact, thanks to mass immigration, it's the most Godly place in Britain.
The growth in the numbers of black (mostly African) and Eastern European churchgoers has given London levels of Christian observance second only to Ulster.
There are rather a lot of Muslims in London, whose devotion is increasing rather than declining :
“Being religious is a way that you show you are different, that you are proud of your heritage. One of the ways young Muslims assert their identity is by being more observant than their parents.”There are also a fair few Godly Sikhs, and even more polytheistic Hindus.
And the social result of this is that Swinging London has the lowest bastardy rate in England and Wales.
I wonder which bus routes these posters are going to run on ? I wouldn't give much for the chances of a bus with such a message on its side, stuck in heavy traffic in the East End when the mosques are chucking out on a Friday. I'd imagine Muslims and Christians alike would see it - as I do - as a direct provocation.
Cry havoc and release Mr Unintended Consequence !
There's another thought. Those Lib Dem and Labour politicians who are cheering the initiative will have to face elections - in the case of the ghastly Mary Honeyball, next year. She's MEP for London and presumably "on the ticket". At which point she's rather neatly contaminated the whole brand. I hope Tory strategists are
a) copying all the relevant web pages as I type
b) telling their candidates and activists not to touch the initiative with mint surgical tweezers.
c) thinking how best this can be used to prise minority voters away from Labour.
I love the idea of the Atheist Bus Campaign. It's good to see those of us who are rationalists and humanists taking positive action.
I hope as many of you who can will donate to this excellent campaign.
I don't think we've heard the last of this.
PS - I presume Ms Honeyball, former probation officer and prime example of a polytechnocrat, is single and childless. Can anyone confirm/deny ?