Atheist Signs Removed from Buses
I'm a little embarrassed about some of my fellow Iowans today. A KCRG TV article tells that the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) removed some advertising signs from buses because the content was considered offensive. The nature of the offense? The Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers paid for them and they read "Don't believe in God? You are not alone."
According to the article, the DART Advertising Director claims the signs were never approved. The Atheist group leader claims the director said earlier that the signs were approved. Either way, the signs went up on August first, and came down a few days later.
Iowa usually has plenty of level-headed people who know better than to do really stupid things. We do have some notable exceptions, but we've mostly been able to marry them off to Roseanne Barr. It's also true that religious extremism has been on the increase ever since they found they can get television coverage just be protesting every little thing. It is starting to be a real nuisance.
So, here's the deal. There will be an investigation into whether or not DART acted fairly. The authorities will discover the responsible parties and, if it is found to be a matter of religious preference from a government agent, that person will be reprimanded rather than hanged as an enemy of the Constitution. The signs will go back up. They will be vandalized. Local Christian organizations will have fund raising campaigns to put up more signs of their own.
Still, one expects this sort of religious non-sense in Arkansas, Georgia, or Saudi Arabia. We really cannot let it get a foot hold in Iowa, not because it is religious, but because it is non-sense.