Pro-atheism bus ads disputing the existence of God will soon be rolling on the streets of Calgary, and may not be too far behind in Edmonton.
The ads, which read, “There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” were given the green light in Calgary last week, and will appear on buses and C-Train cars within a month.
Though there are no definite plans to bring the controversial campaign to Edmonton, Freethought Association of Canada officials say the ads may move north.
“The only way to make a playing field neutral is for atheists to be able to use it to get their point of view across, just as a religious person could,” spokesman Justin Trottier said, adding, “Edmonton is a definite possibility.”
Edmonton transit manager Charlie Stolte said even though the ads were given the go-ahead by Calgary officials, any opposition would be considered in Edmonton and could go as far as the Transportation and Safety Committee.
“We’re not trying to convert anybody. We’re just trying to promote critical and free thought,” Trottier said.
The Catholic Archbishop of Edmonton, Richard Smith, refused to comment on the ads yesterday.