The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey suggests Canadians are largely indifferent, although similar campaigns have sparked anger in Britain and parts of the United States.
The poll found 32 per cent of respondents opposed the ads, 20 per cent supported them and 43 per cent didn’t care one way or the other.
Support for the ads was strongest among respondents in British Columbia and Ontario, with the highest opposition in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Support also varied by age and income, with younger respondents and those making more than $60,000 a year more likely to favour running the ads.
Let’s say we can trust this poll.
If the information is true, we ought to be thrilled. This is exactly the outcome we wanted. The bus ads weren’t intended to be offensive and I don’t think anyone anticipated they would be loved by everyone.
Indifference is perfect. It means people saw the ads and basically shrugged it off. They didn’t make a big deal about it.
They’re atheists. So what?
There’s probably no God? I’m fine with someone saying that.
Enjoy my life? Don’t mind if I do.
It would be fantastic if people had that reaction in America.
Imagine if you told someone you were an atheist and the person barely flinched. It would be wonderful. No one would be scared of your beliefs, or think you’re responsible for so many evils, or avoid a second date with you
Indifference is the immediate goal. We can work on getting people to overwhelmingly approve and accept atheism after that.