Atheists Plan No God Campaign on British Buses

Oct 24, 2008 by

The British Humanist Association is administering a fund raising drive to raise funds for ads to be placed on British buses that promote their belief that there is no God. The original article about this was posted on Fox News. Fox News called the campaign an anti-God campaign but I do not agree with that label. There is a difference between not believing in a God and being anti-God. The organizers want to place ads on 30 buses carrying the slogan:

There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.

The purported reason for the campaign is to counter the preferential treatment given to religion in British society.   To quote anti-God author Richard Dawkins, author of the book “The God Delusion”:

Religious organizations have an automatic tax-free charitable status. Bishops sit in the House of Lords automatically. Religious leaders get preferential treatment on all sorts of commissions.

Note that I label Dawkins anti-God instead of an atheist. The reason for that is that not only does he not believe in a God but he openly attacks and demeans anyone who does believe in a God.  Another of his quotes highlights this difference.

This campaign to put alternative slogans on London buses will make people think – and thinking is anathema to religion.”

Dawkins even took exception to the use of the phrase “ probably no God.” Apparently Dawkins has irrefutable evidence that no God exists. I wish he would share that evidence with everyone. As for the stereotype the ads promote that  Christians  have no fun and worry all the time, I find that lamentable. Does following the religious and moral imperatives of the 10 commandments prevent a Christian from having any fun in his life?  Does honoring your father and your mother, not murdering, not committing adultery, not stealing, not coveting your neighbor’s wife prevent you from having fun? If anything, having faith in a God and the belief in an afterlife lightens the burden of fear and worry that afflict believer and atheist alike.

As for the purpose of the ad campaign I don’t see how the stated objective of fighting the preferential treatment given to religion in British society is being advanced. I don’t see this campaign changing the views of Christians or Muslims. It will certainly have no effect on the current laws regarding tax status or the societal status that religious leaders currently have. Religious leaders actually welcome the ad campaign. A spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Britain said.

I think people will ask themselves, On what basis can they make that statement? So it will get people thinking, so in that sense it can only be good.

The Rev. Jenny Ellis, spirituality and discipleship officer for the Methodist Church, welcomed the ads.

This campaign will be a good thing if it gets people to engage with the deepest questions of life.

As for me, I am a Christian who enjoys life immensely, worries no more than anyone else, and questions and thinks about my religion daily. Christians are nothing like the stereotypes that some atheists and especially anti-God proponents like to promote. I cannot speak for Muslims but I like to think that they enjoy life as much as anyone else. Life is not only about having fun, as I am sure even atheists believe.  I  think that one of the main purposes of life is to help each other and try to reduce the misery and suffering of the world.  Mohandas Gandhi says it well .

The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.

You can do all that and still have fun, Christian, Muslim or atheist.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 22, 2007 by

ThanksgivingToday is set aside as a day to give thanks for all the blessings in your life. Thanksgiving is a celebration of family and friends, health and happiness, and all the good things in life. So while you are enjoying turkey and all the fixings or whatever you are feasting on, remember to give thanks for all the other things that make life worth living. Never take for granted anything in life, experience has taught me that it can be gone in the blink of an eye. So enjoy the day but be sure to give thanks to God or just give thanks for all the bounty of your life.

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