Campaigns Around the World

Anti-Atheist ad in America will no longer have free reign as American atheists start their own 'probably no god' campaign.

The Atheist Bus Campaign has been spreading like wildfire ever since it’s arrival in the United Kingdom. Below is a list of campaigns around the world for those interested in following their developments  (list borrowed from the UK Campaign):

  1. Bus humaniste (français) / Canada – the Association Humaniste de Québec is running ads on buses in Montréal.
  2. United Kingdom Campaign – where it all began, the original Atheist Bus Campaign with buses in dozens of cities across the UK.
  3. Bus Kampagne / Germany – the campaign to put buses on the streets in Germany (Köln, München, Berlin) is now online. Site visitors can choose their slogan and make online donations. Berlin and München transport authorities do not want the ads it seems, but the guys are determined to find alternatives.
  4. Uskotamon bussikampanja / Finland – the campaign for atheist buses on the streets of Helsinki. €3500 donated so far. News in English here.
  5. Atheïstische Reklamecampagne / Netherlands – a huge atheist advert on the side of the A4 motorway near Schipol airport.
  6. Atheist Bus / Switzerland (DE | FR | IT) – local bus firms are resisting the advertisements, but this might also result in bans on religious advertising. Paypal donations are possible.
  7. Atheist trams / Croatia – ads appeared for 1 day on trams in Zagreb but were removed after complaints. Freedom of speech in a formerly communist country? News in Croatian here, Google translation from Slovenian here.
  8. Campagna Bus / Italy – despite some legal issues with the bus company the campaign continues in Italy, with €30000 raised so far.
  9. Bus ateo / Spain – buses in Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga with slogans in Spanish and Catalan.
  10. Atheist Foundation / Australia – a one-off bus after other ads were not permitted. Latest news here.
  11. Indiana Atheist bus Campaign / USA – a new campaign for buses in Bloomington, Indiana
  12. Why Believe in a God / USA – bus campaign in Washington, and also a new campaign in Seattle.

Author: Chris

9 thoughts on “Campaigns Around the World”

  1. That’s great.

    I can’t believe that anti-atheist Ads are allowed anywhere.

    But I guess that’s Free Speech.

    I’m wondering what kind of signs we see now.

    I guess anything goes as long as it’s not vulgar.

  2. Thanks for the links. Using a Thomas Jefferson quote in Seattle is a nice twist.
    The photo of the anti-atheist sign makes may blood boil. I know atheist veterans who risked their lives to protect those who now call them traitors.

  3. Let me cool your blood a bit; “anti-god” is certainly not a free-speech position, it sounds like a movement to interfere with something, to me. I thought was pretty clear on the free speech part, in as much as they don’t know that signs are covered by Ontario Human rights law, and that TTC misuse of signs is covered by civil law, but no one here ever accused an atheist of being well read in matters of law, that I can recall. :)

  4. Jeff K, Just because you/we/rationella like free speech doesn’t mean we can’t get pissed when someone says something.

    as for the rest of that post… I don’t know what you are accusing the atheist bus campaign of… you do know what they decided in ottawa, right? They basically decided that the atheist bus ads were protected by the charter and that municipal law is not exempt from the charter. Furthermore, they were advised that if they took us to court they would almost certainly lose…I was there at the rally and they gave us copies the memo that their solicitor was giving to all the councillors with his proffesional oppinion on the legality of the situation. Maybe a copy could be put up on this site?

    Wasn’t Thomas Jefferson well read in matters of law?

  5. I’m not accusing atheistbus of anything illegal itself except that my Ontario Human Rights would be violated and I could take the TTC to court, but I won’t, I’d rather discuss the finer points of science, actually.

    Its equivalent to you saying “Let’s put a ‘kick me’ sign on Jeff”, but nobody does anything. In this case, they put “kick me” signs on buses. I wrote to the chairman of the TTC about it before the campaign, and he told me that CBS Outdoor examines the law. So I printed up the law from an Ontario government website, wrote a letter and hand-delivered it to a real human at CBS Outdoor.

    I have yet to ride in a bus with one of these bullseye on it, though. I mean its obvious, they got the closed-circuit camera system working on the buses mere days before your campaign started, and the matched it up with the “Do not assault, this includes spitting” sign campaign in their stations.

    The chairman of the TTC really isn’t fooling me that CBS Outdoor is somehow responsible. It just so happens I prefer to drive my $100,000 car instead of taking the freaking bus anyway. I just don’t like guerrilla warfare in the streets of Toronto, that’s all.

    A rather harmless hobby like refuting atheism for all to see is more exciting.

  6. Thomas Jefferson, One of the Founding Fathers of America says this:

    “No one sees with greater pleasure than myself the progress of reason in its advances towards rational Christianity. When we shall have done away the incomprehensible jargon of the Trinitarian arithmetic, that three are one, and one is three; when we shall have knocked down the artificial scaffolding, reared to mask from view the simple structure of Jesus; when, in short, we shall have unlearned everything which has been taught since His day, and got back to the pure and simple doctrines He inculcated, we shall then be truly and worthily His disciples; and my opinion is that if nothing had ever been added to what flowed purely from His lips, the whole world would at this day have been Christian. I know that the case you cite, of Dr. Drake, has been a common one. The religion-builders have so distorted and deformed the doctrines of Jesus, so muffled them in mysticisms, fancies and falsehoods, have caricatured them into forms so monstrous and inconceivable, as to shock reasonable thinkers, to revolt them against the whole, and drive them rashly to pronounce its Founder an impostor. Had there never been a commentator, there never would have been an infidel…. I have little doubt that the whole of our country will soon be rallied to the unity of the Creator, and, I hope, to the pure doctrines of Jesus also.”

    Amen to “all” that.

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