NZ  Atheist Bus Campaign

The Atheist Bus Campaign aims to place “peaceful and upbeat" messages about atheism on transport media in the UK, in response to evangelical Christian advertising. It was created by comedy writer Ariane Sherine and launched on 21 October 2008, with official support from the British Humanist Association and Richard Dawkins.

In New Zealand, fund-raising has begun (December 2009) for the NZ Atheist Bus Campaign, administered by the Humanist Society of New Zealand.  The signs will bear the same message as the original UK campaign. In just a couple of days, the original target of $10000 was reached. The organisers say this will provide signs for 12 buses in Auckland, eight in Wellington and four in Christchurch. The signs will be on the buses for a period of four weeks.

Following the positive spirit of the UK Campaign, this NZ version stands for the same basic principles and ideas.  The campaign promotes a positive humanist world view, and the affirmation that there is no need to believe in a supernatural being, for which there is no evidence, to live a full and rich life.

“While New Zealand is by and large a very tolerant and inclusive society, there is still stigma associated with an atheistic position. At the same time we have recently seen the growing influence of radical religious groups such Brian Tamaki’s Destiny Church. With this campaign we hope to encourage positive debate on these issues – religion should not be a taboo topic.” said campaign spokesperson Simon Fisher.

The Atheist Bus Campaign is designed to get people to think critically about their religious beliefs, and rationally about the world in general. Nevertheless, this  campaign is unlikely to win converts, says a spokeswoman for the catholic church.

Followings are my viewpoints sent to Humanist Society of New Zealand and Fisher on this NZAtheistBus-Campaign :

  1. Congratulations on the successful NZ Atheist Bus Campaign!!!
  2. Can Hamilton City have one bus?
  3. Can The Humanist Society of New Zealand take this NZAtheistBus-Campaign opportunity to set up NO-GOD/Humanist Society branches throughout NZ?
  4. NZAtheistBus-Campaign is designed to get people to think critically about their religious beliefs, and rationally about the world in general.—– the problem is the believers think they think and behave rationally— that is why a spokeswoman for the catholic church feels quite relaxed saying “this campaign is unlikely to win converts”.—– actually I have been thinking and writing something to deal with this core problem, talk this later.
  5. Until the day— NO-GOD/Humanist Society has the capabilities to replace ALL the functions of current religion/churches, we are not a winner yet.

References: 

  1. Wikipedia, Atheist Bus Campaign. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheist_Bus_Campaign#cite_ref-New_Zealand_Atheist_Bus_Campaign_48-0
  2. NZAtheistBus-Campaign  official website. http://www.nogod.org.nz/