Saturday, January 17, 2009

Atheism Rides the Bus

Let's not beat around the bus here: we're going to have atheist bus ads in Toronto, Canada. It's being called a 'campaign' and it's definitely a peaceful crusade. That's if you call trying to deconvert people 'peaceful', mind you.

I do like, however, how the Erasmus of the article bears the same name as the Catholic Christian, Erasmus, of the 16th century. It's a delicious -- even if pedantic and meaningless -- historical irony.

5 comments:

toshido said...

As ridiculous as I feel this is, it is no more ridiculous then theist ad campaigns.
And what is not peaceful about this? Or at least as peaceful as trying to convert people anyway.
Such nonsense either way they are trying to sway people.
I wonder though if it is coming down to money in the end. Are churches trying to attract followers for their donations? Are atheist groups trying to do the same?
And why can't people just let people live? If someone wants to learn let them seek it out. it will be more rewarding in the end anyway.

sarah said...

Toshido: "And why can't people just let people live? If someone wants to learn let them seek it out. it will be more rewarding in the end anyway."

Amen!

I'm all for a little nudge here and there though, for encouragement ;)

Ed said...

"So often you see (atheists) portrayed as kind of gloomy and angry. We really wanted to counter that stereotype," said Kish.

I'm going to commission a bus ad that counters the stereotype that God hates sex and that good Christian piety is characterized by 'worrying' and 'not getting on with your life'.

matt.f said...

OK, I'll bite. I'm actually a little disappointed with you Christopher. I would have thought that this was almost beneath you. I can't drive to the store without seeing a sign on the side of the road with some bible verse like "the wages of sin are death". Is this seriously an issue you for you?

Christopher said...

No, Matt, it's not an issue for me. I'm just following along with the drama as it unfolds. I don't like having Bible verses flashed at me as I'm driving either. Makes for unnecessary distraction and reduces the meaning of Scripture to the lowest possible denominator.