Archive for February, 2012

Evil Atheist Bus Ad

Posted in atheists on February 29th, 2012 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

Here it is.

Here is the full story from Justin Vacula’s blog.

On 1/30/12, I proposed an idea inspired by Richard Wade writing for the Friendly Atheist blog and atheist activist Carl Silverman to run a really, really, really inoffensive bus advertisement. Many atheist advertisement campaigns have been considered ‘offensive’ by religious individuals and some atheists, including myself, have wondered what exactly offended. Was is the mere fact that atheists making their presence known offensive to religious people? Perhaps the word “atheist” offends people? To ‘test’ this and to advertise the NEPA Freethought Society — a local community group of non-theists in Northeastern PA — and American Atheists, I contacted the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) with serious intentions to run the bus ad you can see above.

After announcing my idea, various persons have stepped forward to donate money to make these ads a reality, but I had told persons that it would be best to wait for the bus company — which receives county, state, and federal funding — to confirm whether they would run the ads. I was told that the board of directors for COLTS needed to meet and decide whether they would run the ad…and after a long wait of 15 days, COLTS refused the ad although this meeting certainly wasn’t public if it even happened at all because meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month.
Jim Smith, the advertising contact at COLTS, said that the reason for refusal — appealing to the very questionable and vague advertising policy of COLTS — was that COLTS does not accept ads which could be deemed controversial or otherwise spark public debate.
Funny, that is. COLTS runs “God Bless America” on their scrolling tickers which are supposed to relay route information and has also run an ad saying “Consider adoption…it works!” Interestingly enough, the “Consider adoption…it works!” ad has been REMOVED from COLTS’ website (you can, though, see a picture of it below); the ad was previously in the gallery of sample ads, but it is no longer there. An ad for “Old Forge News” — an overtly political site containing links to Holocaust denialist websites and white supremacist information — had also appeared on COLTS’ buses.
When a governmental entity offers ad space on buses, it can’t discriminate or otherwise ‘pick and choose’ the messages they like and do not like. My “Atheists.” ad is intentionally inoffensive and with a content-free message (I even removed the clouds). COLTS needs to reconsider their decision and stand up for free speech that they should be offering. Atheists should be allowed the same opportunities to advertise just like everyone else.
In previous cases like this, bus companies have utterlylost when they tried to discriminate regarding advertising. Rejection of reasonable ads is a blatant violation of the first amendment!
American Atheists’ Pennsylvania State Director, Ernest Perce V, has sent a letter to COLTS (published on American Atheists’ “No God Blog”) demanding that they allow our ads and stop discriminating. View it here. The NEPA Freethought Society, an affiliate of American Atheists, is happy to work with American Atheists in this very obvious case of discriminate toward atheists and a violation of the first amendment. We’re not giving up by any means. These bus ads shall be a reality no matter how long it takes to make that happen.

Rock Beyond Belief – March 31st, 2012

Posted in Uncategorized on February 29th, 2012 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

Now He’s Gone…

Posted in cartoon on February 29th, 2012 by Phil Ferguson – 1 Comment

via the Naked Pastor.

Did you ever get this feeling?

Atheist Bashing Judge Speaks To CNN And Makes It Worse.

Posted in atheists, Church and State on February 28th, 2012 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

“Here’s the thing: It’s a right, it’s not a privilege, its a right.  With rights come responsibilities. The more that people abuse our rights, the more likely that we’re going to loose them.”

It’s not a privilege?  Huh?  Correct!  It is a right.  A right I want to have.

The more you abuse our rights….  how does one “abuse” a right?  Can I say what I want or not?

is he saying that if you actually use your right to free speech you will lose it?

Hey, Mr. Mark Martin (the judge) just how are we going take  those rights?  Are you going to take them away?  It that why you ruled the way that you did?  You thought the atheist went too far (as you stated) so you threw out the case?  Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!

Jon Stewart On Politics And Santorum

Posted in Funny Video, politics on February 28th, 2012 by Phil Ferguson – 1 Comment

I know…. too many Santorum posts lately.  But I just could not pass up on this video!

Feb 27, 2012