Here's a funny little story out of the United Kingdom, via the Beeb, "No God slogans for city's buses". Proving once again that the British are well in the lead on the whole "humanism over unreason" thing, buses in London may soon sport the following message: "There's probably no god. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."
Frankly, I love the understatement of this campaign, begun under the aegis of the British Humanist Association (BHA). There's also a surprising twist: originally, it was only going to be a campaign on which about £10,000 would be spent, but the BHA received an unexpectedly enthusiastic response from donors, resulting in their raising £36,000. This means that the planned campaign could expand, not only to signs inside the buses, but to other cities, including Birmingham, Manchester, and Edinburgh.
Of course, the pro-irrationality lobby has turned out to object to this, as you can read in the news story. But the ever-eloquent Profesor Richard Dawkins has stepped into the breach with this statement:
""Religion is accustomed to getting a free ride - automatic tax breaks, unearned respect and the right not to be offended, the right to brainwash children.
"Even on the 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."
Isn't it telling that the pro-superstition lobby get their knickers in a twist over the sign on the side of a bus? World religions have responded, at least in part, to the events of the past quarter-century with increased levels of intolerance and irrationality. It doesn't seem, though, as if they expected a response, and they've been amusingly wrong-footed by it as a result.