Suggestions for future adverts, in the name of Truth in Advertising:
“There’s probably no God. So stop praying for comfort and accept that the disease you suffer from will ensure that you die in pointless agony.”
“There’s probably no God. So forget about being reunited with loved ones when you die.”
“There’s probably no God. So realize that the people who cheated and abused you will never suffer retribution.”
“There’s probably no God. So there’s no one there to forgive you for your sins.”
“There’s probably no God. So your empty, joyless life of solitude and frustration is all you get. Deal.”
UPDATE: I keep forgetting that the internet doesn’t do irony, so let me be more explicit. The point of this post is as follows: the slogan on the Atheist Bus makes the implicit but quite clear argument that religious belief is simply a source of “worry” and that if you give up that belief you’ll be better able to “enjoy your life.” However, abandoning religious belief does not always make people happier; nor is it true that everyone is fortunate enough to have an enjoyable life. These truths, and my post, have nothing whatsoever to do with the question of whether religion is true, but rather address the claims about happiness and enjoyment that the slogan makes. If atheists had a whole series of such slogans they could acknowledge some of these complexities. However, bus slogans don’t do complexity, a point I was trying to make ironically by suggesting alternative slogans, but then, as I have said, the internet doesn’t do irony. Thus my end is my beginning. Everybody on the same page now?