The vote was taken and free speech won out!
The city council in Ottawa voted 13-7 yesterday in favor of having atheist ads on their buses!
The ad is one you’ve seen before — “There’s probably no God, now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” But watch how one opponent removes the “probably” wording and contradicts himself a few times in one statement:
Life Christian Academy principal Mike Karpishka and 40 of his students protested outside city hall yesterday.
“We understand freedom of speech, but we don’t want these ads on the buses,” Karpishka said. “The ads are offensive.
“To say that there is no God — as a Christian, it doesn’t shake my faith,” he said.
Rather, it could sway a non-believer, he said.
Because of the decision, some of the students at the school have said they won’t ride any bus with the ad, something Karpishka said he supports.
“We will continue praying as Christians that this won’t have the effect that we know it will have,” he said.
Then some good your prayers did… (?!?)
I love the last line of the piece:
Initially the Humanist group had planned on only running ads on 10 buses, but since they have received more donation money following the publicity the debate generated, they may be able to buy more.
The more people get offended by the atheist bus ads, the more atheist bus ads we’ll see!
Thank you, positive feedback.
If you’re in contact with them, thank the 13 council members who voted in favor of free speech.
And vote out those who opposed the ads during the next election cycle.
(via Atheism Examiner. Thanks to AxeGrrl for the additional link!)