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Atheists come up short in funding ads on buses


LONDON (RNS) A band of atheists warring with Christians over advertising space on London’s traditional red buses have lost their fight.

The monthlong campaign was triggered over religious ads posted on the buses by the Christian-oriented group Proclaiming Truth in London. Particularly irksome was one of the ads that read: “When the son of man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Atheist campaigners already had their own slogan ready for plastering on the buses – “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and get on with your life” – but they needed to raise nearly $50,000 to buy a two-week slot on just one vehicle.

They figured on raising the sum online through $10 pledges from sympathetic atheists, but to little avail, as it turned out. With the campaign now over, the nonbelievers have amassed less than $9,000, and their signs were down before they were ever put up.