Friday, 16 January 2009

It was only a matter of time

A bus driver has refused to drive a bus carrying atheist adverts. The company's bosses have said the company will do "everything in it's power " to make sure he doesn't have to drive the busses. In practice, "everything in it's power" means letting him drive busses without the advert if there are any available.

The driver - idiot Ron Heather - explained that his first reaction on seeing the advert was "shock horror", whatever that means. He continues: "I think it was the starkness of this advert which implied there was no God."

So he wasn't even offended by the advert? it just gave him a brief pang of existential dread?

Mealy-mouthed company First Bus said in a weasel-statement: "As a company we understand Mr Heather's views regarding the atheist bus advert and we are doing what we can to accommodate his request not to drive the buses concerned."

People don't get to pick and choose whether to bother going into work for any reason other than religion. Companies pander to the religious because of unthinking respect; an equally unthinking idea that people have the right not to be offended on religious matters; and fear of reprisal (either economic or violent).

Platitude of the day has lampooned the story here in suggesting that a driver might refuse to board a bus carrying a Carlsberg advert, since everyone knows that Czech Budweiser is probably the best lager in the world.

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