Yet More On The Atheist Bus Campaign

And here I was thinking this was going to end sometime soon…

Ron Heather, a Christian bus driver, has refused to drive a bus carrying one of the mildly infamous atheist signs:

Ron Heather, from Southampton, Hampshire, responded with “shock” and “horror” at the message and walked out of his shift on Saturday in protest.

First Bus said it would do everything in its power to ensure Mr Heather does not have to drive the buses.

Buses across Britain started displaying atheist messages in an advertising campaign launched earlier this month.

Mr Heather told BBC Radio Solent: “I was just about to board and there it was staring me in the face, my first reaction was shock horror. (Source)

This is where I’m contractually obliged to castigate first bus for accomodating religion, but honestly, this isn’t that big a deal. Yes, Heather was pretty silly in his reaction to the slogan, but he’s agreed to drive the buses carrying it if others aren’t available.

What I find curious is that someone would be so shocked at the suggestion that God doesn’t exist – would this man have reacted in the same way if the ad had been for a Hinduistic or Islamic organisation rather than a Secular Humanist one? For some odd reason, the suggestion that a different god exists is generally taken as far less offensive than the suggestion that no god exists.

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