Earlier this week, I blogged about the plans to remove the atheist ads from Iowa buses because some Iowa’s felt the slogan, “Don’t Believe In God? You’re Not Alone” too offensive to their delicate sensibilities. Well now, after the Iowa Atheists refused to change the slogan (because honestly, you really can’t get much tamer and less offensive than the one they had), the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority officials (DART) agreed to put the atheist bus ads back up in Iowa unchanged:
“By honoring the freedoms protected through our shared civil liberties, DART, like other businesses that accept advertising, will be in the position of displaying messages and images that may be controversial or uncomfortable to some, but legal and protected by civil rights,” DART General Manager Brad Miller stated in an e-mail.
It also probably didn’t hurt that the Iowa ACLU stepped in.
The Iowa Atheist and Freethinkers group also sent an e-mail Friday to Gov. Chet Culver, who said Thursday that he was offended by the advertisement and the message it sent.
“We are disappointed he decided to take sides on what we see as a free-speech issue,” Kryuchkov said.
Suck it, Chet!