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Buses Speak Out

11:06 AM, Feb 10, 2009 • By KATHERINE EASTLAND
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Remember those buses last December that were side-slapped with slogans like "Why believe in god? Just be good for goodness sake"? Well, the British Humanist Association has decided to start something similar across the pond. The new ad campaign, funded by the association, has won the support of prominent atheist Richard Dawkins, who muses like so:

Even on buses, nobody thinks twice when they see a religious slogan plastered across the side. …This campaign to put alternative slogans on London buses will make people think-and thinking is anathema to religion.

One of the new slogans reads: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." I wonder what compelled the Brits to keep God a captial-g god? Respect for titles? (Note that the Americans were content to cast that "g" into the humble lowercase.) Also: Is it just me or do these slogans remind you of Jenny Holzer's preachy art?

Over at getreligion.com, Douglas LeBlanc points out that guardian.co.uk has launched an online challenge to its readers to draft new slogans for the bendy buses, as they're called. You can submit your slogan here, even if you aren't a Brit.

Here are the two best I've spotted online:

There's probably no jihad.
Now stop scurrying and enjoy your - oof!

And:

Sometimes people disagree
Now stop arguing and have a cuppa.

On that note, I'm off to pour my afternoon tea.