A group of atheists have accused the city bus line of Little Rock, AR of discrimination for requiring them to pay tens of thousands of dollars to put $5000 worth of ads on city buses. The wording of the ad would include: “Are you good without God? Millions are.”
The extra fees are being assessed because the bus company requires insurance against potential damage caused to busses by angry believers physically attacking the ad.
Feeling discriminated against, the atheists are suing the city. This is of course the most logical rout, as the city and its advertising agency’s actions have left the atheists no choice but to sue.
The atheists are doing very important work, God’s work some may say–they are bringing to light that people don’t need to believe in God to be good. They are also cleverly pointing out that you don’t have to be a believer to be an instigator.
The Sarcasm Society fully supports the desire of atheists to try as hard as they can to prove that people can live without God and still be good. In fact it’s necessary to keep poking the believers with a sharp stick until such time when they too see the light and leave behind their archaic ways. Come on people, if there was a God, why would he create atheists?
(Little Rock, Arkansas, June 1, 2011) A federal lawsuit was filed today against the Central Arkansas Transit Authority (CATA) and its advertising agent, On the Move Advertising, for declining to run $5,260.00 worth of bus ads aimed at attracting local atheists and agnostics. The queen-sized ads, to be placed on the sides of 18 buses serving Riverfest, would have said: “Are you good without God? Millions are.” A blue sky with clouds was to be the background behind the words.
The Complaint and a motion for a preliminary injunction were filed at 8:40 AM Central Time at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, 500 West Capitol Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201, by the United Coalition of Reason (UnitedCoR). UnitedCoR is a national organization, headquartered in Washington DC, which focuses on organizing local atheist and agnostic groups into coalitions and funding their bus and billboard ad campaigns.
- Atheists sue over bus ads on God-free lifestyle (cnews.canoe.ca)
- Arkansas Atheists Charged for Bus Ads [Dispatches from the Culture Wars] (scienceblogs.com)