Metro Transit wimps out

I accept that Metro Transit (which operates public transportation in the Halifax area) has the right to reject advertising that may upset its users. But this seems like pure cowardice:

Metro Transit will not allow an advertisement saying You Can Be Good Without God on its buses.
“We’re a public transit service first, and then we sell advertising on the side, and normally the standard procedure is we have a contracted agency who sells our advertising,”” said Metro Transit spokeswoman Lori Patterson on Monday.
“”If there’s something that’s viewed to be controversial, as part of our contract we get to see the messaging on it, and so they advise us if they think something’s going to be controversial and then we review the message.
“If we feel it’s going to be something that’s going to upset a number of people, we don’t choose to advertise it,” Ms. Patterson said.
[…]
The Good Without God campaign is fairly well-known across the country and Metro Transit received several calls from concerned citizens who feared that Metro Transit might allow the ads here.
“So, as a public transit system that’s funded primarily by taxpayers, we don’t wish to be controversial, any more controversial than we have to be,” Ms. Patterson said.

Damian P.

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5 thoughts on “Metro Transit wimps out

  1. In the name of free expression, I’d be happy to see these signs on the TTC — accompanied by another series of signs saying “You Can Be An Atheist Without Being An Obnoxious Jerk”.

  2. Ellie: I like that. The evangelical wing of atheism is pretty odious.
    But on the main topic, the sign’s a falsehood: the whole point of Christian teaching is that no matter how good your deeds are, you aren’t genuinely good unless those deeds are done in faith.
    I can be fun without beer, too. Just not as much.

  3. Cowardice me arse…
    Ezra, again, hits the nail on the head:
    “[..] These ads seem to be designed to prick at Christians. But it is not Christianity that is behind the theocratic movements in the world today. And, frankly, the religion most anathematic to hedonism, particularly liberal sex, gay sex, alcohol, etc. is that of radical Islam.
    You want transgressive? Try running a bus ad that says “Allah doesn’t exist” or “Mohammed doesn’t exist”. The ad agency would reject it. The city council would reject it. The human rights commissions would get involved. There would probably be street protests, similar to the pro-Hamas hate marches we’ve seen in recent weeks, with masked hoodlums waving Hezbollah flags (literally, party of God). Graffiti on the ads would be a certainty, and vandalism and other property damage would surely follow. There might even be the odd fatwa issued.
    That’s the thing with the secular humanist liberal feminist left these days (and I include the bulk of the mainstream media in that). They’re very brave when it comes to taking on Christianity, or Scientology. But try doing a DaVinci Code denying the Koranic version of Mohammed’s life. Trying doing a music video like Madonna’s Like a Prayer, with a sexualized Mohammed, instead of a sexualized Jesus. Et cetera, ad nauseam.
    Or – more importantly – try standing up to honour killings like Aqsa Parvez’s, or misogynistic polygamous marriages – in Toronto, I mean, not just in Bountiful, B.C. where there are far fewer.
    Henry Morgentaler’s humanist group, Judy Rebick’s feminist crew, most of the gay rights lobby — they’re very brave when it comes to tackling meek Christians. When it comes to the true threat of a theocracy — radical Islam — they’re cowering under their desks.”
    Here’s a better banner ad: Atheists Are Boring As Hell……..

  4. I have no problem with these ads going up on buses but I doubt if you would ever see controversial religious ads allowed on public transit in canada. a lot of religious ads & programs have been disallowed by by gov’t agencies and guidlines. I think most anything should be allowed to be advertised both thiestic, athiestic and especially agnostic.
    “Question Everything, Doubt everything, ”

  5. Needing to advertise sort of suggests one’s not overly confident of one’s belief, eh?
    You either believe something or you don’t, who gives a f**k what others think. Why the need for confirmation?

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