Monday, May 11, 2009

You Don't Need "God" To Be Good!

This simple sentiment is at the heart of an emerging constitutional struggle in Bloomington, IN, where the Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign is endeavoring to legally compel the Bloomington municipal bus authority to attach advertizements quoting that sentiment to their busses.

The good burghers of Bloomington--a relatively liberal place in the middle of central/south Indiana/midwestern fundie-fucknozzledom (due to the presence there of a large, prestigious university: the State's flagship, indeed)--refused the buy because the sentiment expressed was, to their tiny little parochial minds, "too controversial."

ReligionClause today reports (in brief) on the situation:
The Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign (IABC) was organized to eliminate the stigma of atheism. Building on campaigns in Canada and the UK, its goal was to place ads promoting its views on city busses. However the Bloomington (IN) public transit system rejected IABC's ad, which read "You Can Be Good Without God." The company based its refusal on the transit system's policy that excludes controversial public service announcements or ads on controversial public issues. (Atheist Bus Campaign press release.)

On May 5, the ACLU, on behalf of IABC, filed a federal lawsuit challenging the transit company's ad policy as unconstitutionally vague and overbroad. The complaint (full text-pdf)) in Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign v. Bloomington Public Transportation Corp., (SD IN, filed 5/5/09) seeks a declaratory judgment and an injunction. An ACLU May 7 press release (Word.doc) as well as IndyChannel on Friday reported on the lawsuit. IABC announced today that, in contrast to Bloomington, the Transpo bus system in South Bend (IN) will run their ad.
Those who have paying attention to the latest news in God will remark, perhaps, on the apparent irony of the latter fact: South Bend, home of uber-Catholic Notre Dame University--where there has developed a brouhaha over an invitation to "thePrez" to address the commencement there--apparently will permit the ads to be mounted on their busses, while the more (comparatively; this is Indiana, home of the modern KKK) secular town 200 miles south proves to be the bigger and worse, bunch of wankers.


ZIRGAR said...

LOL. Ain't life grand?

Anonymous said...

Sometimes these ads on the busses reflects more to others. Usually when you think of busses you think of the bright yellow ones that you used to be forced to ride on the way to school but not anymore. Although busses are still primarily focused on bringing transportation to a large number of people at a time, they are now shifting their attention to building busses made for luxury and style. They are comfortable and fun to ride and drive.