Tuesday, February 24, 2009

OC Transpo and the Atheist Bus Campaign

The Freethought Asc. (a.k.a. the Psalm 14 Asc.) is appealing OC Transpo's decision not to sell the sides of its buses for the "There's probably no god" ads. 

(From the Ottawa Citizen:) OC Transpo's ...decision was made based on a subsection of the transit advertising policy which says that “religious advertising which promotes a specific ideology, ethic, point of view, policy or action, which in the opinion of the City might be deemed prejudicial to other religious groups or offensive to users of the transit system is not permitted. Religious advertising will be permitted if the information is designed to promote a specific meeting, gathering or event and the location, date and time of said event.”

I'm OK with the fools of the Psalm 14 Asc. advertising their foolishness; however, OC Transpo clearly has the freedom to decide not to sell the sides of its buses in accordance with its policies. 

The Psalm 14 Asc. said that it is willing to appeal OC Transpo's decision to the SCC, if necessary. Go for it.

The Psalm 14 Asc. thinks it is being edgy by saying "There's probably no god." Everyone understands they are denying the existence of the Christian God. Sorry! That's not edgy. I dare the Psalm 14 Asc. to change their ad to "There's probably no allah." Now that would be edgy. And daring. And interesting.