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Age-old question begins playing out on Calgary buses - Metro US

Age-old question begins playing out on Calgary buses

The ultimate debate — whether or not there is a God — has taken to Calgary buses.

Eight buses started displaying controversial atheist ads paid for by the Canadian Free Thought Association yesterday, saying, “There probably is no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”

But a Calgary Islamic group will launch its own counter-ads on 10 buses on behalf of eight religious organizations in the city within the next two weeks.

The ads will read, “God cares for everyone, even those who think he doesn’t exist.”

“We need to tell our side of the story,” said Syed Soharwardy, leader of the campaign.

“We have asked them (the atheist ad sponsors) to sit down and talk rather than putting ads in the buses. We should have talked in a mature format rather than putting all this on the public.

Unfortunately those people have decided to go ahead, and we will too.”

Calgary Transit representative Ron Collins said both ad campaigns comply with Canadian advertising standards.

“Because they might be offensive to some people does not provide reason to disallow an ad,” said Collins.

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