Standing Up for the Godless Bus Ads
I’m light on content this week, due to my trip to Dallas last weekend. I normally do my writing on the weekends. I did get a letter to the editor posted in the newspaper last week, though. I’ve reposted my letter below for those who are interested:
A federal lawsuit was filed recently because the Little Rock Transit Authority rejected the Coalition of Reason’s “Good Without God” ad. They said that it was too controversial and would probably just be vandalized.
I am an atheist. All this ad says is that you can be a good person without believing in God.
Why is that so controversial?
Why is me saying that I’m a moral person so offensive that it would drive people to vandalism?
I am an Arkansan. I am your neighbor. I am a good and moral person. If that offends you, I think you should re-examine your beliefs. I’m not leaving Arkansas.
I’m not leaving the country. I am here to stay.
I’m a nice guy … really.
That last bit was a subtle jab at the guy who wrote in a couple weeks ago saying atheists should move to Russia or China. I’m curious if anyone will call me out as a bad person. I don’t think they will. I think this myth only exists when atheists aren’t visible as real people.