January 16, 2009

“No God” bus left without a driver

by David Masters

A Christian bus driver this week refused to drive a bus that displayed an atheist advert proclaiming “There’s probably no God”.

Ron Heather, 62, said he was shocked and horrified to discover the slogan when he arrived at work in Southampton on Sunday, and walked out from his shift in protest.

He told his boss that he could not drive the bus because the advert conflicted with his religious beliefs.

His employer, First Bus, has said it will do everything in its power to ensure that Heather does not have to drive buses displaying the advert.

Buses across the UK started displaying the atheist advert earlier this month as part of a campaign by the British Humanist Association (BHA).

BHA chief executive Hanne Stinson said she finds it difficult to understand why religious people find the expression of beliefs different to their own offensive.

The Methodist Church said the adverts will be a ‘good thing’ if they get people to think about life’s deepest questions, and suggested that the adverts demonstrate people are still interested in God.

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