seeing London buses advertising a Christian evangelism conference, an
atheist group raised more than $175,000 online—mere hours after
launching a charity site—to retaliate with their own signs. The British
Humanist Association, which is administering the "Atheist Bus
Campaign," will purchase ad space on more than 30 buses for signs that
read: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."
Although organizers originally planned to post the signs for only four
weeks in January, donations have exceeded expectations almost
twentyfold so far, immediately creating the possibility of a more
massive push. "A lot of people say trying to organize atheists is like
herding cats. The last couple of days shows that is not true," said
comedy writer Ariane Sherine, who initiated the campaign. "I thought it
would be a really positive thing to counter that by putting forward a
much happier and more upbeat advert, saying 'Don't worry, you're not
going to hell.' Atheists believe this is the only life we have, and we
should enjoy it." [AP, 10/23/08]
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