Please Stop the Bus, I Want to Get Off
I have mentioned before that I do not believe - in God, that is. So, as I explained here: "I am not religious. That means that I think god is irrelevant to my life and how I lead it. So I don't want to spend my time denying god's existence. I want to spend my time on things that matter." It is no surprise, then, that the to do that's arisen around the "atheist bus campaign" (complete with an official web site) in Britain (and apparently elsewhere) leaves me a bit cold. I suppose it is nice to know that someone will talk back with appropriate levity to the intolerant religious majority. (Although the spokes persons for the campaign seem to be entirely too serious about all this.) But I am not interested in being an atheist since that makes my life and convictions and actions parasitic on the existence of theists. I'd rather drop the whole topic and send the substantial sum of money raised for this campaign to Doctors Without Borders for use in tending to the maimed and the terrorized in Gaza.
Update: The New York Times reports on all this here.