London residents could soon see atheist advertisements on their streets.
The British Humanist Association plans to plaster buses with the slogan "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." The atheist organization has already raised more than $100,000 for the posters, which they'd only planned to spend $9,000 on.
"We see so many posters advertising salvation through Jesus or threatening us with eternal damnation, that I feel sure that a bus advert like this will be welcomed as a breath of fresh air," BHA executive Hanne Stinson claimed.
But many Christians aren't worried.
Theos, a public theology group backed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, thought the ads may actually benefit Christianity and made a small donation.
"It tells people to 'stop worrying,' which is hardly going to be a great comfort for those who are concerned about losing jobs or homes in the recession," Theos director Paul Woolley said. "Stunts like this demonstrate how militant atheists are often great adverts for Christianity."
BHA will use the extra money it raised to put ads inside buses as well. They are considering expanding the message to other cities.
Two-thirds of Britons admit they have no religious affiliation, according to recent reports. A 2007 BBC poll also revealed that most believe Britain is in a moral decline.
Sources: Christian Post, Associated Press
*Originally posted October 23, 2008.