Story: Atheism and secularism

Atheist bus campaign (1st of 2)

Atheist bus campaign

In the United Kingdom in January 2009 this atheist message appeared on buses. The advertisements also ran in Canada, Germany and Spain, and similar campaigns occured in Croatia, Finland, Holland, Italy, the US and Australia. In late 2009 a group of New Zealand atheists raised more than $20,000 through an appeal to run the message on buses. In early 2010 they ran into trouble when the NZ Bus company said it did not want to carry the ads because of complaints from the public, prompting well-known English evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins to voice his support for the campaign. The organisers ended up running a series of billboards instead (see next image).

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British Humanist Association
Photograph by Jon Worth

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Carl Walrond, 'Atheism and secularism - A Christian legacy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 January 2018)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 5 May 2011, updated 10 Feb 2017