Anti-God Bus Ads Stick Around, Garner Mixed Responses | The Institute for Creation Research
Anti-God Bus Ads Stick Around, Garner Mixed Responses

In late 2008, London buses began carrying banner advertisements declaring, “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”1 Sponsored by the British Humanist Association and endorsed by such prominent atheists as Richard Dawkins, the ads were originally slated to run until the end of the year, but additional donations have extended the anti-God campaign into 2009.

The ads, now set to run until February, have received mixed responses from churches and other religious organizations. Some welcomed the discourse about God that was initiated by the ads. Others have voiced criticism. Pro-God ads countered similar anti-God messages appearing in the U.S.2

One Christian bus driver decided to take a stand and walked out of his shift rather than drive one of the banner-bedecked buses. Ron Heather of Southampton, Hampshire, told BBC Radio Solent, “I was just about to board and there it was staring me in the face, my first reaction was shock horror.”3

“I felt that I could not drive that bus, I told my managers and they said they haven’t got another one and I thought I better go home, so I did,” Heather said.

While First Bus, the line that employs Heather, doesn’t endorse the ads, it said in a statement, “The content of this advert has been approved by the Advertising Standards Agency and therefore it is capable of being posted on static sites or anywhere else.”3

The Guardian reported that First Bus acknowledged Heather’s feelings and was “doing what we can to accommodate his request not to drive the buses concerned.”4

While the atheists are freely flaunting their rights to deny the God who created them, Heather’s simple but loud act of devotion reminds Christians that they have rights to exercise as well, on both sides of the pond. After all, Christ didn’t back down when our salvation was on the line.5 What will we do in His defense?


  1. Dao, C. Dawkins Supports ‘No God’ Ads. ICR News. Posted on October 23, 2008, accessed January 20, 2009.
  2. Good News: Ad Campaigns Come to God’s Defense. CitizenLink Daily Update. Posted on on December 16, 2008, accessed January 20, 2009.
  3. Man refuses to drive ‘No God’ bus. BBC News. Posted on on January 16, 2009, accessed January 20, 2009.
  4. Walker, P. Christian refuses to drive bus with atheist advertisement. The Guardian. Posted on on January 16, 2009, accessed January 20, 2009.
  5. Matthew 26:39.

Image Credit: Jon Worth

* Ms. Dao is Assistant Editor.

Article posted on January 23, 2009.

The Latest
Denisovan Epigenetics Reveals Human Anatomy
A recent study making the news involves the reconstruction of the facial features and anatomy of the enigmatic humans known as the Denisovan from genetic...

New Estimate: Universe Two Billion Years Younger
Big Bang scientists recently used a new method to estimate the universe’s age. This method yields an age estimate that could be over two billion...

Pain-Sensing Organ Shows Engineering Principles
New human organs are rarely discovered, but that’s what several astute scientists recently accomplished at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet’s...

Inside October 2019 Acts & Facts
September 2, 2019, marked the grand opening of the ICR Discovery Center for Science & Earth History. When will you plan your visit? Why did God...

The Best-Kept Secret in Texas
Have we told you lately how thankful we are for your prayers and financial support? ICR’s ministry happens because of the Lord’s blessing...