Lame BC bus drivers refuse to operate “No God” buses

It’s not just America that’s populated with religious nutjobs who take offense at the slightest mention that maybe this whole God business is simply a load of horse shit. In British Columbia, not generally known for it’s religious kooks (with the exception of Bountiful BC), a number of bus drivers are refusing to operate buses that sport the CFI’s “No God” campaign.

The ads came courtesy of the Centre for Inquiry Canada, a skeptic organization that has sponsored similar advertisements across the country since 2009. They read, “There’s probably no god. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”

The campaign debuted in B.C. last week on buses in Kamloops and Kelowna – prompting a boycott from a small number of drivers in both communities on religious grounds.

The article goes on to misspell CFI a few times before lazily promoting an event they’ll be holding on May 7th, staring Nate Phelps. You can tell we’re still not very popular with mainstream media, but the very least the worst thing anyone has done is act like a gigantic child. This is what the war on irrationality looks like: a bunch of tiny victories followed by a snowstorm of pointless and poorly researched articles. Fun!

Comments (8)

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    Kate

    Would you drive a bus that promoted a campaign supporting the existence of God? Or one that promoted “religious cooks”?

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    Jacob Fortin

    How many people visiting this blog are already atheists stuck in that kind of situation, forced to keep their mouths shut by everyone else. I don’t mind people being able to express themselves. I just hate when it’s only allowed one way.

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    HB

    @Kate, truly, an atheist not wishing to support any religion (or ONE for that matter) is not at all the same as any ONE religion not supporting the lack of a belief (in any/all gods). These are fundamentally different arguments. The religious make truth claims about reality which are not/cannot be supported. Atheists/agnostics are capable of making claims about reality which are not true, but there isn’t any doctrine or dogma which ENFORCES it. At the end of the day, it’s a first amendment issue, and while these bus drivers have the right to express themselves, they do not have the right to do it (in this particular instance) AND have legal protection of their job security. If they wish to take time off to support their belief system, they should have that right, but not at the expense of their employer (beyond alloted sick time/vacation time/etc.) who can/probably should fire them for insubordination. The same would/should be applied to an atheist, Muslim, or Hindu, etc., in this instance. We must still ‘respect’ our individual freedoms (i.e., of speech) reasonably.

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    HB

    Clarification:

    I’m sure it needs little or none, but “first amendment issue” was intended to be “freedom of speech issue”. I’m from the U.S.A. and slipped into my ‘esoteric’ vernacular.

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    nolan

    I was born and raised in Kelowna. Doesn’t surprise me that someone is making a fuss as the religious community there is large, and vocal when something offends them.

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    Loren Price

    They did a really bad job of promoting our event, it’s in Kamloops not Kelowna. They didn’t even mention the Kamloops Centre For Rational Thought, they are CFI affiliates, not a branch.

    http://imaginenoreligionkamloops.com/imaginenoreligionkamloops/Home.html

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    Catherine

    This is ridiculous. Christians spew their holidays and bullshit all over everyone else.

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    Jane

    This doesn’t surprise me much. I lived in Kelowna for many years until last September and there are a lot of old and religious people there. I also rode the buses for any years there and I would say that not many of the drivers were overly friendly either.

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