This absurd quotation’s bothering me, and since it is my duty to fix the Internets, I wanted to address it.
Allahpundit of Hot Air says the following regarding the Atheist Bus Campaign:
The good news: They exceeded their fundraising target by 2,700 percent. The bad news: They totally wussed out by tossing “probably” in the slogan. The worst news: They couldn’t think of anything better to do with £135,000 than buy dopey ads on the side of a bus.
No no no. Very wrong.
They didn’t wuss out. They were being intellectually honest. We can’t prove God exists or doesn’t exist. But the evidence points to him not existing. Even Richard Dawkins titled a chapter in The God Delusion, “Why There Almost Certainly Is No God.” If the other religions’ ads were as honest, they’d attach qualifiers, too (“We’re pretty damn sure God exists” or something like that).
And it wasn’t like the atheists had £135,000 lying around and decided to drop the money on bus ads. That would’ve been crazy.
There wasn’t any money for this to begin with — just an idea. Because the ad campaign was so interesting and novel, and got some great initial publicity from Richard Dawkins and Ariane Sherine, thousands of people were excited enough to get on board and donate to the cause.
Now, I feel better.