Apparently people have been contacting Lamar and angrily voicing their outrage. While the zeal is appreciated, so far we don’t have an answer to what happened, and it’s an open question as to what action (if any) CFI Canada will take.
Recently, Centre for Inquiry Canada arranged to bring the notorious “Atheist Bus Campaign” to the streets of Kelowna, British Columbia. The Okanagan is well-known to be a bastion of religiosity, which made the need for atheist outreach in that community all the more crucial. After wrangling with BC Transit, the city of Kelowna, and the advertising company that publishes the ads, CFI Canada was finally able to outfit two busses with the ad’s simple message: There’s Probably No God, Now Stop Worrying and Enjoy Your Life.
There was the predictable rigamarole from pearl-clutching believers, outraged that anyone would dare suggest that they don’t believe in some kind of sky genie, with some drivers flatly refusing to drive the offending vehicles. However, for the most part, people went on with their lives. One church actually welcomed the ads as an opportunity for outreach and discussion:
First, I think this is a good thing. I’m excited about the dialogue this will open! People will be talking about God, and any conversation about God is better than no conversation about God. My prayer is that people will ask me what I think, and it will open up an opportunity to share why I have placed my faith in God through Jesus. I love that!
But the whole thing was essentially a non-issue. It was a way to establish that atheists do live in Kelowna, and that there is an organization there that represents their interests.
On Monday, the ads had gone missing.