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Nontheist ads go up on CATA buses, group says

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published October 4, 2011 at 10:28 a.m.


An ad from the Central Arkansas Coalition of Reason adorns a Central Arkansas Transit Authority bus.

— Advertisements questioning the existence of God have gone up on the exterior of 18 Central Arkansas Transit Authority buses, the group sponsoring the campaign said Tuesday.

The ads - which say "Are you good without God? Millions are" - were placed by the Central Arkansas Coalition of Reason after a dispute between it and CATA that ended with a federal court decision.

A private agency that sells advertising for CATA in February cited the risk of vandalism as reason for a requirement that the group pay a large damage deposit. The Coalition of Reason sued in federal court and a judge ruled the advertising agency had violated its free speech rights by declining to apply the same standards to the atheist ad as it applies to religious ones.

The ads are scheduled to run for four weeks.


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pat72209 says... October 4, 2011 at 11:21 a.m.

MAYBE we should go with "LET GO AND LET GOD"....I realize the bus drivers can't just quit, but maybe they should. GOD BLESS AMERICA

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Philosopherick says... October 4, 2011 at 11:57 a.m.

I'm really sorry for the millions(?)who are denying the goodness of God. I will have to include them as a group in my prayers, because they are missing out on the most wonderful relationship that exists, that being between a needy human race and a bountiful and loving God and Creator.

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cindi22202170708 says... October 4, 2011 at 12:02 p.m.

Philosopherick, praying for someone against their will is sorcery. I wouldn't recommend doing so. These are great ads to show other atheists that there are like-minded folk around. We are a growing group as those brainwashed in the past can find the facts as to older myths and legends that were used to form the christian/bible mythology. There is no god - deal with it already.

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jetjohn says... October 4, 2011 at 12:18 p.m.

"I'd rather live my life as if there is a God..and die only to find out there was none....than to live my life thinking there was not a God and die and found out there was one..This makes good commonsense to me. To doubt in God or not believe is not using one's mind wisely in case we were to die today.

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shadowrider says... October 4, 2011 at 12:27 p.m.

Those who believe in and have a relationship with God are not brainwashed. They believe on their own freewill. In my own life I was an alcoholic. When I came to know God and was filled with his Spirit there was no more desire for booze. I've been sober over thirty two years. That to me was proof God IS real. I've seen many more things in life that prove his existance. Someday those who deny him will find that God does exist. I pray you come to that knowledge before you pass away. To find out after is not a fate I would wish on my worst enemy.

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Stargazer says... October 4, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.

"An educated man will question the existence of God, a wise man accepts the reality of His presence." There are those who are not capable of seeing beyond the three dimensional reality of this level of existence and are unable to comprehend the concept of eternity. An atheist would have us believe the sheer perfection of the world, and indeed, the human body is the result of random chaos rather than accept and believe in something beyond the recognition of 5 of their senses. Be kind to those who lag behind in acceptance and pray they too, will be blessed with the "perfect peace that surpasses all understanding." God Bless you all.

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Jfish says... October 4, 2011 at 12:37 p.m.

You should not have to advertise to get people to think like you, this goes for the religious as well as the non-religious, just another insecure group.

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RonalFos says... October 4, 2011 at 12:40 p.m.

Even God does not dictate what a person believes, or expresses about their beliefs. He gave us free will for a reason. Certainly no one else has been given the right to do it for him.

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Populist says... October 4, 2011 at 2:57 p.m.

Bah Humbug. It is one thing not to believe, but it is in bad taste to insult others for believing. These atheists are just a bunch of scrooges. They have a first amendment right to speech, but their speech is in bad taste.

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shosanna says... October 4, 2011 at 2:59 p.m.

I am a logical type. For me, there have been too many coincidences in my life for them to be coincidences. It's freaky sometimes. So that's why I believe in God. And I believe in the God of the Bible. I also believe that the God in the Bible does not force Himself on me or anybody. Fear won't get you into heaven, only love. It says in the Bible that God is gentle yet desires all to come to Him. But we have free will because if we didn't, then God would basically be a spiritual rapist.

With that said, all the politicos who ram their Christianist beliefs down my throat, no wonder you have atheists and god-haters. Us Christians should be more like that Quaker group that was shot up in church by a sicko. They forgave and behaved with such love and selflessness that every person regardless of religion was in awe of them.

That is how us Christians should behave. Otherwise you are turning the Cross into the Mark of the Beast. God is so loving and so kind that if we get out of the way and pray and be kind to people, we will win more souls for him than if we are screamers who tell people they are going to hell, without any other explanation. I am guilty of this and am a hypocrite for bringing it up but we should be able to win somebody over without a word, just through our deeds. How short I fall.

Being kind makes people trust you. Being a rigid Pharisee makes them not trust you or the God you claim to represent.

I would be very upset if there wasn't a God. There has to be a reason for my existence. I don't think I am being arrogant to want to be more than a chance occurrence of nature. And I also don't want to shove God down somebody's throat because I don't like it when they do it to me, because I am not "Christian" enough for their political party.

I am not good without God, but I am good without Pharisees.

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