The point of atheist bus ads is not to make anyone angry. It’s to provoke discussions about a subject many people find uncomfortable and let closeted atheists know that they are not alone.
Last week, Iowa bus driver Angela Shiel refused to do her job because there was an atheist ad on her vehicle and she refused to drive it. She was rightly suspended for that.
Today, she was back on the job… but that may change soon enough:
DART officials told Shiel last week that she could keep her job as long as she didn’t refuse to drive a bus again. They could not promise her that she wouldn’t be assigned a bus with the atheist ad, said General Manager Brad Miller.
“We’re giving her a second chance,” Miller said. “There’s no assurances that there might not be another ad she doesn’t agree with. There’s so many different things that go into that, there’s no way we can guarantee anything.”
Miller said Shiel was told she would be subject to termination should she choose to walk away from the job again.
Shiel said today that her views on the ad haven’t changed and she still will not drive any bus with the ad.
“Hopefully I won’t get the sign anymore,” she said. “It’s a chance I have to take. …I like what I’m doing. I don’t want to start all over.”
The ads will be up for another three weeks… and about a sixth of the bus fleet carries it. There’s a good chance she’ll have to drive one of the dreaded buses. That’s when she’ll see this oh-so-incredibly-offensive statement:
I would love to know what is so offensive about that ad… and what ads are on the buses she is willing to drive. (On a side note, did anyone else know that the word “buses” is only one letter and an unscrambling away from “Jesus”? Just me? Oh well.)
(Thanks to Brian for the link!)