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South Bend Transpo Ads Are Up

June 1st, 2009

transpo-ads Hey everyone! Our ads in South Bend are now up! After a delay that was surrounded with much controversy, South Bend, Indiana residents will finally see this message on transit buses as part of the most recent advertising push by the Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign.

Originally, the ads were scheduled to coincide with President Obama’s appearance at Notre Dame’s commencement ceremony, but but were held up when the South Bend bus company, Transpo, claimed that the ad needed approval by a special board meeting. At their meeting, which took place after President Obama and the national press had left South Bend, the board acknowledged that Transpo had posted ads on buses from religious organizations in the past and thus they had no legal grounds to deny the atheist ads.

The ads are now on 20 of Transpo’s 48 buses, and they will remain posted for the next several weeks.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tommy  |  June 1st, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Awesome..I love the message. Positive and to the point. Keep up the good work.

  • 2. elizabeth  |  June 2nd, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Congratulations! I love this.

  • 3. Eric  |  June 2nd, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I also love this particular message. Of the dozens of various atheist campaign messages, I like this one the best.

    Religions try to maintain a stranglehold on goodness and morality despite them having such a bad record on these issues.

  • 4. Zack  |  June 5th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Must agree with the comments above. This one is great!! Can we get THIS ad in Chicago?

  • 5. Mike  |  June 21st, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Great work, please keep it up.

  • 6. Greg  |  July 29th, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Good is God. God is Good.

  • 7. Dr. J. Bradford Sagarsee II, Ph.D.  |  August 24th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    One thing you must keep in mind is that Indiana recognized God as an actual entity and HIs power of the free exercise of our rights:

    TO THE END, that justice be established, public order maintained, and liberty perpetuated; WE, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to ALMIGHTY GOD for the free exercise of the right to choose our own form of government, do ordain this Constitution.

    I applaud your right to believe (or not believe) and practice those rights. I don’t agree with the message you are sending but I’ll defend your right to send it. You see, I am a minister of God’s word and if you sum up all He has told us it boils down to one thing. You lead people into the kingdom of Heaven, you don’t push them there. You take your road and I’ll take mine and never the twain shall meet (but that doesn’t mean you don’t have the right to your road.) Our choices are our own and it is those choices we live and die by. I know what I believe and it is a personal choice. The same will be for you. We’ll both reap the rewards or suffer the punishments for our actions in the end. Good luck in your quest. I hope that you find what your looking for at the end of your road.

  • 8. Olivia  |  September 5th, 2009 at 8:10 am

    I am an agnostic, and find both the concept of religion and the concept of atheism arrogant….really, who knows? But the promise of an everafter drives religion, and you just can’t mess with someone’s everafter, and that’s why people have historically been against atheism. The desire for eternal life is a selfish, deeply human one, and atheism mnakes the religious folk question it, and boy, that is not a comfortable place for them to be. And, lastly, what makes atheists think they are right? Who really knows? NOBODY. NOT YET. MAYBE SOMEDAY.

  • 9. Hollander  |  September 5th, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Mass transit is supported by our tax dollars, so I don’t believe
    either a pro God or pro atheist message should be on the bus.
    Atheism can also be considered a religion by some, so if you
    support separation of church and state this should not be
    on govt supported buses.

  • 10. Bob  |  September 9th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    This is a waste of money. Nobody even goes into South Bend anymore or looks at the buses. But your donations to better use. Feed the poor in South Bend. Just a thought.

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