Saturday, July 4, 2009
Fear not, fellow Domers and South Bend residents! Transpo has cast aside it's godless ways!
I can't believe I missed out on this, but apparently an organization known as Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign ran a series of ads on South Bend's Transpo buses last month. The campaign came to a close last week, followed promptly by a Transpo board decision to never allow this happen again.
The campaign purportedly planned to have ads similar to the one above proclaiming, "you can be good without God" on the city's buses to coincide with the religious controversy surrounding Obama's visit to Notre Dame. (for more details, here's a couple of articles from some blog)
No such luck for the IN Atheist Campaign, as the board conveniently waited until the commencement ceremonies were over before authorizing the ads. Too bad, since, as a Notre Dame student, I would have enjoyed the added variety to Observer Viewpoint wars, and I definitely would have liked to see atheist buses as a fun counterpoint to abortion trucks.
According to Transpo board chairman Chip Lewis, the company has accepted ads from religious groups in the past so, to be fair, they decided to run the ads in the month of June.
This will no longer be the case, since as of June 23, Transpo's new policy will deny ad space for the promotion of "cigarettes, churches, politicians, guns or porn."
Of course with atheism, secularism, etc. already rising to become one of the largest minorities in America, one has to wonder whether bus ads are even necessary for their cause.