Atheists have long battled to remove the display of religious imagery and messages from public property, but one London atheist has decided to turn the tables. Ariane Sherine grew tired of seeing ads promoting Christianity, so she decided to take matters in her own hands.
“If I wanted to run a bus ad saying ‘Beware — there is a giant lion from London Zoo on the loose!’ or ‘The “bits” in orange juice aren’t orange but plastic — don’t drink them or you’ll die!’ I think I might be asked to show my working and back up my claims,” Sherine wrote The Guardian's website.
Thanks to Sherine, over 800 London buses now bear the message "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and get on with your life."
Public reaction in Britian has ranged from outrage to approval to indifference, but Sherine's efforts have drawn a lot of attention, including from groups in the U.S. Over the holidays the American Humanist Association ran a similar campaign calling for people to "Be good for goodness sake," and the Freedom From Religion Foundation continues its nationwide "Imagine No Religion" billboard campaign.
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