Friday, April 22, 2011

Buses and Belief. Business Class Upgrade.

It's always the same.You wait for ages for an atheist bus campaign, then three come along at once. Must have missed off the word 'alone'. Oops. Sorry, Iowa

Are there free bus-miles for signing up, d'you think?
I'd've liked to reproduced this, but remembered where I live, so you can look at the link instead
Andrew O'Hagan, a journalist comments on a bus journey from Hampstead to Waterloo...

"At Mornington Crescent, I saw a bus coming the other way that said something a bit intriguing up the side: ‘If you’re not religious, for God’s sake say so.’ This was an ad paid for by the British Humanist Association and it was meant for people wondering which box to tick on their census form. According to the Humanists, the government justifies the funding of faith schools with statistics saying a giant proportion of British people are Christian. It’s only since 2001 that our census form has popped the religion question. It took me about three seconds to realise I wouldn’t be ticking the box marked ‘Roman Catholic’. This might sound like a no-brainer to some of you, but not to me: it was a long three seconds. Even 40 years after my baptism, 25 years after my confirmation, those three seconds of renunciation were a glimpse into the howling caverns of Hell."

Godlessness on public transport in Ft Worth and Dallas is apparently sponsored by the Richard Dawkins Foundation. 

In London, this one is a favourite.

I think it ought to say..'There's probably no bus. Now stop waiting and enjoy your walk'.

Tradition - in other words things we learned at our mother's knee when we believed everything we were told is a powerful and misunderstood lever. Most of us rarely bother to question what we were told then, either abandoning it thoughtlessly or embracing it fully. The middle ground where half-truth is reconciled in one's own mind is more difficult to achieve. In the 2001 census, nearly 400,000 people in England and Wales – including an impressive 2.6% of those living in Brighton – replied that they were ‘Jedi’ or ‘Jedi Knight’, which is not a religion in the strictest sense but you have to admire the instinct. Not sure what I'd write.


  1. Old habits never die if one doesn't recognize them as habits in the first place, subject to revision and change.
    I wouldn't be ticking "Roman Catholic" either. "Jedi" might give me pause, but I'd probably pencil in 'Varietas Theologus' or something equally impressive sounding and just as meaningless. (And I wouldn't endure even three seconds of "the howling caverns of Hell" in doing so.

  2. When I last filled one of these out - it was a while back, as I recall - I remember feeling quite resentful that some Government drone was privy to a meaningless label which was supposed to define my personal belief system and wondered how accurate the information as collected was when someone attempted to do the stats on it.

  3. I have to say, I'm not sure which I resent more, people telling me what to believe or what not to...


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