Atheist Bus Campaign in… Halifax, Nova Scotia?

Last time we heard of the Atheist Bus Campaign in Halifax, Nova Scotia, atheists had their ad rejected for being too controversial. The ad in question read:

You can be good without God

After a recent Supreme Court decision, Metro Transit is now revising their policies. Here’s Chris Hammond of the Canadian Atheist Bus Campaign:

This is great news for free speech but also great news for our atheist ad. Metro transit informed us months ago that they would revise their policy on advertising what some may deem ‘controversial’, if the courts ruled in favour of the Canadian Federation of Students. We are hopeful that Metro Transit will make good on their stated intentions and reconsider our proposed advertisements with as little additional delay as possible.

The courts did rule in favor of the Canadian Federation of Students and the atheists will re-apply for a bus ad on Monday.

I’d love to see what an actually controversial atheist bus ad would look like…

(Thanks to Shawn for the link!)

  • alcari

    I’d love to see what an actually controversial atheist bus ad would look like

    Ask and ye shall recieve

    “God is for fools”
    “God is a myth”
    “You can’t be good with a god”
    “Gods don’t kill people, people with gods kill people”

    It’s not that hard. Oddly enough, all of those exist in some form about atheists, and are completely acceptable…

  • http://terahertzatheist.ca Ian

    I’d love to see what an actually controversial atheist bus ad would look like

    Even easier than alcari, simply a “Fuck you religious people” would do it. Any number of other ad hominems would also work.

  • Aj

    I’d love to see what an actually controversial atheist bus ad would look like…

    I saw the Virgin Mary… and… she raped me!

  • Stephen P

    @Ian: An insult is not an ad hominem. Please excuse me jumping on you, but I’ve seen this mistake too often recently. An ad hominem fallacy is an attempt to discredit an argument by attacking the character of the person making it: e.g: John Smith was convicted of shoplifting last year, therefore his opinions on evolution are false.

  • Stephen P

    I’d love to see what an actually controversial atheist bus ad would look like…

    A depiction of Jesus walking on water and a photograph of the Limerick tree-stump. With the text “Christianity: telling tall tales for two thousand years.”

    Winding it up a bit:

    Depictions of the massacre of the Cathars, the crusades and the Ku Klux Klan. With the text “Christian love in action”. Now that should get some attention.

  • James

    I’d love to see what an actually controversial atheist bus ad would look like

    “Jesus is coming… and we’re not even making him clean it up.”

  • Jeff Satterley

    I’d love to see what an actually controversial atheist bus ad would look like

    I’m not sure if this is as much of a problem in Canada as in the US, but as a take off of the popular pool sign:

    “We don’t learn in your churches, so please don’t pray in our schools.”

  • QrazyQat

    “Religious people are so insecure they try to censor innocuous statements like ‘You can be good without God’”.

  • Veritas

    Yay! Speaking as a resident of Nova Scotia, I am very pleased the Supreme Court made this ruling. We’ll soon have bus ads in Halifax, and hopefully, in all major Canadian cities soon.

    For the record, most theists I know thought it was nonsense that MT refused to put the ads on the bus anyway; they said simply that they have nothing to fear from someone advertising their lack of beliefs. The ones who were pissed off were the ones worried their kids might be lured away from the flock or something similar.

    Good. Lure away.


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