Given the many highly-publicized controversies (and vandlisms) over Atheist billboards and bus ads, Richard Wade recently suggested testing the limits of the religious double-standard in advertisement. He suggested Atheists attempt to run the most inoffensive ad ever and see how many complaints we got. Here were some of the contenders:
Well, Justin Vacula decided to put the plan into action by placing this ad on buses in the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) in Pennsylvania:
Well, the ad (I guess the very existence of Atheists?) was so offensive that it was outright rejected by COLTS because “COLTS does not accept ads which could be deemed controversial or otherwise spark public debate.” This is from the same people who have previously allowed pro-life advertisements, Christian advertisements, and antisemitic advertisements.
American Atheists has sent COLTS a letter requesting the decision be reconsidered in an attempt to amicably resolve the situation. If COLTS doesn’t reconsider, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lawsuit about this obvious case of illegal discrimination.