Yesterday, the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba (HAAM) sent out a news release about the atheist bus ads due to begin running on Winnipeg Transit on September 2nd. The ads are part of HAAM’s “You are not alone” campaign, reaching out to non-believers in Manitoba during “Spectacular Secular September”:
Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics of Manitoba Announce Atheist Bus Ads
WINNIPEG — The Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics of Manitoba (HAAM) is thrilled to announce its new atheist bus advertisements in Winnipeg. The ads, which reach out to non-believers with the simple message, “You are not alone,” will run on select Winnipeg buses through the month of September.
Recent Statistics Canada survey numbers show that fewer people in Manitoba go to church than ever before. As a result, many non-believers feel disconnected because they are not aware of organizations such as HAAM. As humanists we offer them a safe place to question faith, religion, the concept of god, and their own place in a healthy, productive society.
“We felt that advertisements on buses were a good method of reaching a diverse cross-section of Winnipeg’s population,” said Donna Harris, president of HAAM.
Jeffrey Olsson, past president of HAAM, a member of The Clergy Project and author of “Leaving Faith Behind” offered his perspective as a former Anglican priest, now an atheist:
“I truly felt alone in my unbelief until I met the wonderful people in the Humanist Association of Manitoba. They gave me a safe place to question and test what I believed, and helped me to make the transition from faith to reason. There must be other people out there who are dealing with the same issues I dealt with. This bus advertising campaign intends to find those people.”
Pat Morrow, HAAM’s outreach coordinator, offered these insights: “Often atheists and other non-believers feel isolated, especially in religious communities. This campaign is all about reaching out to them and letting the public know there is a vibrant community of non-believers out there. We welcome people questioning their faith and those recovering from religion. We’re a community of people who understand where they’re coming from and offer a hopeful perspective on how to move forward.”
HAAM welcomes questions and comments from the public on this issue, or any topic related to humanism, atheism, or loss of faith. For more information on this campaign or on our group, visit our website.
The wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round.
[And HAAM's message to non-believers goes]
All through the town.