Atheism Ad Campaigns Gathering Steam

A London effort inspired a similar ad campaign in Washington, D.C.

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By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country

The New York Times reports on a new campaign placing pro-atheist messages on British buses: 

. . . [S]o were planted the seeds of the Atheist Bus Campaign, an effort to disseminate a godless message to the greater public. When the organizers announced the effort in October, they said they hoped to raise a modest $8,000 or so.

But something seized people's imagination. Supported by the scientist and author Richard Dawkins, the philosopher A. C. Grayling and the British Humanist Association, among others, the campaign raised nearly $150,000 in four days. Now it has more than $200,000, and on Tuesday it unveiled its advertisements on 800 buses across Britain.

"There's probably no God," the advertisements say. "Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."

How British, I thought. How European. But the London effort has already inspired a similar advertising campaign in Washington, D.C. And it looks like the American Humanist Association is weathering the economic downturn just fine. 

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