October 28th, 2008 17:45 EST
Atheist Bus Ad: There's Probably No God
"London`s iconic red buses could be plastered with the slogan `There`s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life,` in an atheist advertising campaign responding to a set of Christian ads.
Comedy writer Ariane Sherine, 28, objected to the Christian adverts on some London buses, which carried an Internet address warning that people who rejected God were condemned to spend eternity in `torment in hell`.
A spokesman for Transport for London told AFP they had not received such an advertisement application and would wait to view it before deciding whether it met their advertising guidelines."
Evangelical Christians who adopt this confrontational approach aren`t going to gain many converts. Imagine if a presidential candidate employed this adversarial method of campaigning: If you don`t vote for me America is going to go to hell in a handbasket, and you will be miserable for the next four years.
Bus riders aren`t going to be scared into converting to the evangelical brand of Christianity by a threat of "torment in hell". I used to commute to work on a bus, and putting up with blaring radios, countless stops, rude teenagers and reeking bums is equivalent to an eternity in hell. Been there, done that, hell doesn`t scare me that much.
I like Sherine`s slogan, "There`s probably no God", its low-key spirit is a breath of fresh air compared to the dogmatic fervor of evangelicals. You will never hear an atheist ranting on a street corner: There`s no god! Come on you idiots you must come to your senses and reject your false gods.
Life is too short, and there`s no guarantee of an afterlife -- now stop worrying and enjoy your life. Worrying about an eternity in hell makes as much sense as fearing an earth-destroying asteroid or a baby black hole that will gobble up the earth.