I read today that the United Coalition of Reason has won a court battle with the Central Arkansas Transit Authority in Little Rock, Arkansas to display the "Good without god" ad on buses. This is great news for a person like me, who considers himself a skeptic and also originates from that city and state.
What bothers me about this is the excuse that was used by the CATA. The excuse, requiring an absurd $36,000 security deposit, was to "protect" their buses from vandalism. (Also keep in mind that the CATA never asked this sum of any other advertisers.) This request for a security deposit is nothing more than a means to an end: discrimination against a group of people based on a belief. And I don't believe for a moment that the CATA asked the UCoR to pay more money just to protect themselves from vandals. I'd be really gullible if I did, because aren't Christians above such behavior?
The CATA is quite simply using a stupidly high security deposit to try to prevent displaying a message that they don't like. And to tell you the truth, many religious people do this. Most of them don't even realize that they're doing it, either. For example, many families threaten atheist members of their family to permanently disown them. Some threaten their own kids that they'll kick them to the curb. And *NEENER NEENER NEENER!* refuse to celebrate Christmas with them ever again! PBTHBPBTHBPBTHB!!! :-P
(All it takes is a little research to find out where that holiday originates, but that's not the point of this post.)
But isn't everyone missing the point here? A company is actually afraid of what the crackpot Christians will do to their property. Seriously.
I've never quite understood what Christians are so afraid of when an atheist is nearby, or why some of them literally go mad when an atheist breaks their fragile little Jesus bubble. You guys need to get over it and ask yourselves why you are so defensive. But you know the answer - it's because deep down you know as well as we do, that god is a fairy tale, and Jesus never existed.