Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Buses from - and to - Hell

Bendy buses are the devil's work. And now they are doing the devil's work. From the BBC:




Bendy-buses with the slogan "There's probably no God" could soon be running on the streets of London.

The atheist posters are the idea of the British Humanist Association (BHA) and have been supported by prominent atheist Professor Richard Dawkins.

The BHA planned only to raise £5,500, which was to be matched by Professor Dawkins, but it has now raised more than £36,000 of its own accord.

It aims to have two sets of 30 buses carrying the signs for four weeks.

The complete slogan reads: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."

"Probably"? Call yourself an atheist? And even on a combustible bendy bus, "stop worrying and enjoy your life" is not a slogan to set the Thames on fire.

Professor Dawkins said: "Religion is accustomed to getting a free ride - automatic tax breaks, unearned respect and the right not to be offended, the right to brainwash children.

There is only one religion that demands – and gets – the right not to be offended. Mysteriously that religion is unmentioned in all the objections to public displays of faith.

But Stephen Green of pressure group Christian Voice said: "Bendy-buses, like atheism, are a danger to the public at large. I should be surprised if a quasi-religious advertising campaign like this did not attract graffiti.

"People don't like being preached at. Sometimes it does them good, but they still don't like it."

However the Methodist Church said it thanked Professor Dawkins for encouraging a "continued interest in God".

Dawkins does indeed bring a “quasi-religious” zeal to his atheism. If he converts in the end, it will not be to the Church of England or the gentle, humorous Methodism indicated above. It will be to a more fanatical faith, possibly Islam.

Incidentally, What happened to the Islam is Peace campaign? Esmerelda and I prowled and loitered all over the underground in the hope of ferreting out a poster, but found none. Perhaps our prowling, loitering and ferreting put them off. Esmerelda can prowl for England, I do a mean loiter – alone and pale is my best one – and as for my ferret, well you wouldn’t want it down your trousers.

Posted on 10/22/2008 8:27 AM by Mary Jackson
22 Oct 2008
windy blow

 This poster will appear on the 666 route, I imagine :)

As for the Islam is Peace campaign, possibly it ran into some difficulties with the Trades Descriptions Act

22 Oct 2008
Esmerelda Weatherwax

There used to be a LT route 66 which ran near where I lived in leyton and Walthamstow. So far as I know there is no 666 bus.
But this is interesting. John Austin the MP tables an Early Day Motion in Parliament earlier this year, calling for the disestablishment of the Church of England. And that has found itself with the number 666.

22 Oct 2008
windy blow

On the other hand, Esmerelda, there is an A666 near Manchester, I believe... the decorated bus could run on there.

Oh and when I lived in Elstree, there was a 306 route... mmm, almost halfway there...