Saturday, 17 January 2009

Man with Woman's Name Refuses to Drive "No God" Bus

This is Ron Heather, he is a tit and he is also a Christian. The two facts may or may not be connected, I'll leave that for you to decide.

You may remember that last October I backed an initiative to place 'atheist adverts' on public transport around the UK, we raised an amazing £148, 452 and the adverts have been rolled out across Britain this year.

The chap above, Ron Heather, is a bus driver in Southampton who refused to drive his bus because the aforementioned advert caused him "shock and horror" (please note, not shock and awe, that is reserved for bombing campaigns, not advertising ones) and so upset was he by the "starkness of the advert that implied there was no God" that he had to have the day off from work and have a good lay down.

How weak is his faith and how low is his tolerance to shocking and horrible things?

Unbelievably, his employers indulged this idiotic fit of pique and are doing their best so that he doesn't have to drive a bus with the advert on and will only do so if no others are available. Are they like, the best employers ever? How understanding are they of this man's serious special needs? Doesn't this open the floodgates for train, bus and tram drivers who don't like the adverts on their vehicles, because they might be offended by them and their content to down tools and have a day off?

The nob went on to say, in a vaguely apocalyptic tone:
"This is a public attack on people's faiths. I have a lot of passengers who are over 90 or are seriously ill, and to tell them there is no God seems a bit insensitive, when God is probably all they have left in the world. Faith is a very important thing in people's lives, and I think [the poster] pushes the issue too far."
Full info on the Atheist Bus Campaign can be found here, with further reference here. And don't forget...

18 comments:

  1. Gosh (avoiding the use Our Lord's name in vein / vane), the advert does say 'probably' leaving a bit of hope for those old and sick people who might only have Him left to make their sad lives bearable. Jees.

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  2. Funny you are blogging about it. Just yesterday I heard of this campaign in a muslim news website (out of all places) that I visit every now and then. I was going to ask you about it.

    the story on that website went on to support Ron Heather and claim that this is an attack on faith citing several christian sources, and no muslim ones. Bizarre! it is a funny campaign though, and I heard there is one being organized in Germany and in Italy. Godless bastards :P

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  3. I understand that you're for the adverts and for the moral, but why is it so hard to believe that someone of faith would find it offensive?

    Would you wear a sandwich board and ring a bell for a message you didn't agree with? They're asking him to spread a message he thinks is wrong.

    If I arrived at work tomorrow and they asked me to wear a new uniform with a slogan on the front that I found offensive, I would not wear it.Especially if it went against my core beliefs.

    Also, if every Christian bus driver followed by his example, they might actually achieve the result they are looking for- no more advert. That's the beauty of protest.

    No, I'm not a Christian, I'm not religious at all, but I'm not atheist and I'm often criticised for failing to pick a side. Here is someone who has done the opposite. So why are we still critisising?

    PS I love you you nob.

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  4. Hi Eva-Jane!

    Of course, anyone can find anything offensive but that doesn't make all outrage acceptable or of equal value in the world, for example someone may find it offensive that women are given the vote or allowed out in revealing cloths; they are allowed to feel that but how much that feeling impacts on the rest of us is an issue.

    This man's job is driving buses, not advertising, some of the buses he happens to drive have the advert on, this does not give him the right to not work on those buses.

    Of course he can hold that view but he is in breach of contract and be sacked, same goes for you if you refused to wear the uniform, if that is part of the job protest by all means and then get sacked.

    As for every Christian driver following his example, that would lead to the censorship of an idea by minority protest, not how a civilised country is run I'm afraid and is full of hypocrisy, as I'm sure he and many others have driven buses with adverts for TV shows that have non-Christian content.

    Where does the line get drawn? The point is, the man is an idiot, his reasons are idiotic and his beliefs are his business, not his companies, whom, he was a man of principle, he would have resigned from.

    But he isn't, he wanted press and he wanted to make a fuss. Well done to him for that.

    PS: I love you too even though our politics are sometimes at opposite ends.

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  5. Ok, so what if the advert said "Women should not have the vote or wear revealing clothes"? Would you still say that the bus drivers should keep their mouths shut and spread the message on behalf of those that believe in it because their job requires them to?

    Who is it that decides which personal agenda is more deserving of publicising than another?

    I'm sure if I started a petition on behalf of Christians/religion for a banner that read "God is everywhere. Now stop trying to rain on our parade" I could get more than double the number of atheists that signed on behalf of this advert.

    But for some reason I don't think it would make it on the side of buses. The reason being that it is wrong to try and inflict your own beliefs on to others.

    I think you would agree on that point- seeing as that seems to be the major cause (aside from oil and money) for war.

    You love me dont you?

    ;-p

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  6. He didn't resign in protest, he complained and skived off work, if he felt that strongly he should've done that but he doesn't really feel that strongly as he wants to be on BBC Hampshire news.

    I can't deal with the hypothetical scenario as a) it's hypothetical and b) it would never happen as the advert would breach advertising rules which every advert must pass.

    As for your religious bus advertising suggestion, that already happens, which is why this got started in the first place in response to religious adverts that said you'd burn in hell or that Jesus died for your sins etc. Religious beliefs are inflicted on us on the time in the UK, not as bad as the US but it is with us.

    Of course I love you but be warned, I still have the lolcat picture of you to put on the interweb if you keep crossing me...

    HA HA!

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  7. You never see religious adverts on the side of a bus or on the tube. They are usually outside a church or hand-delivered by Jehova's witness.

    I hate it when people refuse to address hypathetical situations "because ther're hypothetical". What a lame side-stepping excuse.

    Surely you are capable of stretching your imagination to the extent of replacing the words you like on the side of the bus with ones that you don't?

    I has a cheezecake and 2 choc chip muffins and I dont care who knows it! Looking forward to din dins too!!! ha ha ha

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  8. Yes you do see those adverts, more so on the tube and the whole idea came about due to those adverts (info on history of bus adverts is in the links in the post) for Christianity.

    It's not a side step, I prefer to talk about what is actually happening rather than imagined scenarios that fit your point, use a real, exisiting situation by all means but not a made-up one.

    As for stretching my imagination, I refer back to the reason these adverts are happening, a few atheists tired of having religious advertising decided to make it a two-way street.

    Stir-fry tonight!

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  9. You two are so cute, I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.

    I'd have to ask if this guy gets the vapors when there's an "R" rated (or whatever the equivalent is over there) movie advertised on the side of the bus? Or is his faith okay with murder or sex outside of marriage?

    The first thing I thought, though, was this: I understood that one's faith was supposed to make one stronger? How strong can this guy's faith be if a few words are enough to send him home to bed?

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  10. Sorry about that Dave...

    That's the point I was making, he will have driven a bus that has carried an advert that will have breached the Christian moral ALREADY.

    And yes, how strong is his faith if he can't handle a few words on a bus?

    Not very.

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