Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Atheist Buses finally on the road

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I'm just back from the launch of the Atheist Bus Campaign, which took place this lunchtime in a heated marquee beside London's Albert Memorial. As you can see from our picture, an Atheist Bus (or, more accurately, a bus displaying the campaign's ad) was parked by the marquee and, along with Richard Dawkins (seen here posing with aforementioned bus), speakers included campaign creator Ariane Sherine, BHA president Polly Toynbee, Father Ted writer Graham Linehan, philosopher AC Grayling and comedian Robin Ince.

As Ariane explained at the launch, the campaign was originally only intended for London buses, but the incredible £135,000-plus raised on the JustGiving site means the campaign has been rolled out across the UK – 200 bendy buses in London, 600 buses in other UK cities, 1,000 panels on London Tube trains and two LCD video screens on Oxford Street will carry the slogan "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." The Tube panels have an added surprise, featuring quotes from Emily Dickinson, Albert Einstein, Katharine Hepburn (see that one here) and Douglas Adams. Richard Dawkins unveiled the ad with the Adams quote, which is of course also featured in The God Delusion:

"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?"

Atheist buses have already been spotted on the streets of London, and now many more sightings will occur around the UK. Do let us know if you've seen one by commenting on this post.


Luke D said...

Ooohhh... I _had_ intended on getting home to the central heating and a hot dinner tonight, but instead I think I'll go bus spotting in the sub-zero temperatures!

Laura said...

I spotted one of these in Oxford city centre this afternoon!

The Freelance Guru said...

I saw one in Bristol today! Made my day!