Bus campaigns and the movement to demarginalize atheists

At http://www.atheistcampaign.org/ they bill themselves as the "Official Site of the Atheist Bus Campaign, and from what I can see they're doing a great job. There you can find a wealth of information about a movement that is spreading in the UK, on the continent, and as well here in the USA. I applaud all of these efforts.

One bus advert that reflects a very strong theme I found in my survey data is "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake!"

As I poured through the nearly 4,000 written responses to my open-ended question "describe a situation where you have felt a stigma related to your atheism", many themes emerged, but one of the most consistent were stories from people who had encountered the question "how can you be moral if you don't believe in God or the Bible?" Many related that when some learned they were atheists the assumption was, of course, they must worship Satan.

As we all know, yes, you can be -I would argue that you are indeed wired to be- moral without being "taught" to be so. I am sure many of you have read in the mass media recently about surveys showing that the more fundamentalist a person is the more likely it is that they support torture. Can we argue that you are even more moral without god? Perhaps yes.

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Comment by Jason Torpy on June 20, 2009 at 11:20am
nyc-atheists.org has a new campaign in NYC, in addition to previous campaigns in DC, and maybe Indiana, Phoenix, Colorado, Texas and other locations. Also check out freethoughtaction.org
Comment by Alpha Bitch on June 19, 2009 at 10:55am
I wish we could get something like that here in the US. That wouldn't last a day. The bus would be burned.

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