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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Lighter Moment: Why Richard Dawkins's anti-God bus ad campaign would tank in Australia

In "Atheists Pick on God" (Sydney Morning Herald, November 2, 2008), Simon Webster explains:
LONDON buses will carry the slogan "There's probably no God" next year, in a campaign paid for by an atheist organisation. Transport chiefs say it would never work in Sydney, where commuters wait at bus stops for so long that they eventually die and go to heaven, where God tells them: "There's probably no bus."

The British Humanist Association and prominent atheist Professor Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, are paying for the ads. They believe God is nothing but a figment of the human imagination, much like the T-Card and the North West Rail Link.

The news comes at a time when record numbers of Sydneysiders say they have lost their faith: despite all the promises of a second coming, there never will be an extension to the light rail network.

Premier Nathan Rees has called on them to find it again quickly: if Sydney Ferries is privatised it may be necessary for commuters on the less popular routes to learn to walk on water ...
The rest is here. The campaign would never work in Toronto either. Here, once you give up waiting for the bus and call a taxi, the bus pulls up just behind the taxi - which proves that the atheist's explanation of the universe cannot be quite right.

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