Okay, I have to admit that I found this story (more here) highly amusing. Apparently, anyone spotting bus ads in Madison, WI is in for a treat: atheist and religious ads, each proclaiming their viewpoint. Apart from being amusing as all hell, this is such an incredible waste of money for both groups that it makes me cringe (okay, that’s too strong, but I did roll my eyes). What’s the point? I mean, I believe in God, no ad on the side of a bus (or anywhere else for that matter) will change that fact. Likewise, I’m sure that no atheist is going to be stuck in traffic, muttering about what a pain that is, see a bus with an ad proclaiming the existence of God and be converted on the spot.
I really don’t understand why atheists (and believers for that matter) insist on pushing their views on others. Yes, I get the freedom of speech thing, and of course the transit system in Madison must be thrilled by the ad revenue. But what’s the point? Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), both messages fall on deaf ears. Well, I guess other atheists (and believers) will see the ad and nod in agreement with whichever point of view they already hold, but belief in God, and I’m guessing not believing in God, isn’t something you determine based on an advertisement. I’ve had long (usually frustrating) conversations with atheists, and I’ve never yet agreed with their position nor have I entertained doubt about my own as a result of these conversations (though I have been angered by more than one atheist’s sanctimonious(!), poor you, don’t you wish you were clever and had all the answers like me attitude).
But perhaps it’s the celebrity endorsement that is meant to sway readers? I mean if Katherine Hepburn says there’s no God . . . .