The Freedom From Religion Foundation unveiled 75 “king” exterior bus signs on San Francisco buses in September. The two messages: “Imagine No Religion” and Mark Twain’s “Faith is believing what you know ain’t so,” are depicted against a colorful stained-glass backdrop.
An additional 200 interior bus signs went up, thanks to the wonderful generosity of a major West Coast benefactor, as well as individual contributions. The charming interior signs feature portraits and six irreverent quotes, including Clarence Darrow’s adage, “I don’t believe in God, because I don’t believe in Mother Goose,” actress Butterfly McQueen’s statement, “As my ancestors are free from slavery, I am free from the slavery of religion,” and Richard Dawkin’s line, “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction.” Also featured, Emily Dickinson’s charming four-line poem:
Faith is a fine invention
When gentlemen can see—
But microscopes are prudent
In an emergency!
“We love taking our freethought message to the public, and also think supporting passengers and mass transit is ‘patriotic,’ ” said Foundation Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor.
Contributions can be designated to take this bus campaign on the road near you.