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Campaign Officially Launches: Donations Needed!

Bloomington, IN. (April 14, 2009)--The Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign has formed in Bloomington to spread the word: “You can be good without God.”

Through advertising on buses across Indiana, the Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign has partnered with the American Humanist Association in hopes of promoting a lively and respectful discussion in our community and to counter the stigma against voicing atheist views.

The campaign is currently in the fundraising phase, with an aim of raising $50,000. Enough money has already been raised to purchase ads in one city, but to meet the campaign’s goal of spreading its message in many cities across Indiana, more will be needed.

The campaign has also launched with a short video, which can be seen at http://INatheistbus.org. The website also features information about atheism, and quotes from famous supporters of the idea that people can be good without god or religion.

“If you look at the numbers, about 15% of the population of the US are non-religious,” Charlie Sitzes, a member of the campaign, says. That amounts to an estimated 46 million people in 2008, a number that has been growing over the past two decades.

The Indiana campaign is modeled after the Atheist Bus Campaign, which began in London with ads on buses bearing the message, “There’s probably no God, now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” Similar ad campaigns have since sprung up in in cities around the world, including in Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Croatia, and Australia. The Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign is the first group to promote atheist bus ads in the heart of the Bible belt.

“Many closeted atheists need a voice,” says member Caroline Klein. “For me, this campaign tells them that they’re not alone, that it’s okay to be an atheist.”

The campaign needs your donation! Please support us by clicking the Donate button on the right side of the page.

38 comments April 14th, 2009

Campaign Now in Talks with Multiple Transit Agencies

Greetings all!

We apologize for the lack of updates the last couple of weeks! Rest assured that we are still hard at work to get ads on buses across Indiana.  The campaign is currently in talks with several different public transit organizations across the state. If you’re in Indiana, we’d love to hear where you want our atheist message to be seen.

We’ll have a lot more to say in a few more days!

10 comments April 6th, 2009

INABC Partners with the American Humanist Association

INABC is proud to announce that we have partnered with the American Humanist Association to manage our donations. As a result, donations made to the campaign are tax-deductible.

We’ve also partnered with the Secular Alliance of IU to help promote the campaign locally in Indiana.

To make a donation, click our new orange Donate button over to the right!

7 comments March 18th, 2009

The Start of a New Campaign

We’re pleased to announce the start of the Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign.  You might have a few questions already.  What is it, and why start it?

The Campaign’s goal is to run with the success and momentum generated by a similar campaign in the UK by Ariane Sherine to purchase advertising on public buses in support of atheism.  There has also been a successful campaign by the Canada Freethought Association.  Our goal is the same as theirs; spread the word about atheism.  Who are some famous atheists? Why aren’t they so bad after all? The answers to these questions should be out there for all to see.

Once advertisements begin running, we hope that it will spark major discussions about religion in this country.

We’ve already started collecting small donations; online donating will be available very soon!

5 comments February 14th, 2009

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