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News: Atheist Bus Campaign

Here's the CP story
Group wants to put atheist ads on Toronto transit buses, much like U.K. campaign.

TORONTO - A Toronto-based group hopes to raise enough money to put atheist advertisements on city transit buses. The Freethought Association of Canada wants to buy ads that say: "There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." The idea is based on a similar campaign that started in Britain...

In Toronto, organizer Katie Kish says she hopes the message will spark discussion while countering the notion that atheists and agnostics are negative people.
The group has launched atheistbus.ca , a website through which they hope to collect between $6,000 and $7,000 to purchase the bus ads in the spring...

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Here's the statement by HAC (HumanistCanada) president Pat O'Brien from NatPost

Pat O'Brien, president of the Humanist Association, said his group considered working with atheistbus.cabut decided a pure atheist campaign would be too negative. "Joseph Stalin was an atheist," said Mr. O'Brien, who considers atheism an element of humanism. "He was not a humanist. We want to send a positive message. Atheism is what you're not; humanism is a positive world view."

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And now the Billboard Campaign, "Praise Darwin - Evolve Beyond Belief", from FFRF enters the fray. Dododreams says:

"The science-favoring blogosphere has been pretty critical of late of the New Scientist article that lent aid and comfort to creationists by asserting that "Darwin Was Wrong." A major thread of that criticism was that the author and editors should have realized the impact that the article and, particularly, the cover image, could have in giving creationists fodder to attack science education. But a major theme of that attack on science is that evolution is, itself, a religion. Now, sure, we know that the intent of the billboard is to advocate doing away with religion, just as the intent of New Scientist was to report on legitimate science. But, just as creationists, aided by the blinders many believers wear, can distort the message in the New Scientist article, they can certainly distort the message of "Praise Darwin."

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