Iowa atheist ads will be restored to buses

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The Iowa Atheist and Freethinkers (IAF) group met today with the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) to discuss the above ad that was pulled from Des Moines buses just days after they went up. DART pulled the ads, supposedly, because they were never approved in the first place. However, the ads somehow were produced and placed on buses - even without approval.

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Comment by Richard J. Collins on August 8, 2009 at 10:33am
If people got disturbed over that innocuous ad I wonder what will happen when we start protesting against the practice of childhood religious indoctrination? Which of course will coincide with an international day of protest. Please sign our petition:

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Comment by Joey on August 8, 2009 at 1:16am
@Trina: That had occurred to me as well. All the opponents of the ads have managed is to make absolutely certain no one manages to walk past the ads without seeing them. Even if they never saw a bus, they've seen the ad in the paper at no cost to the IAF.
I imagine traffic to their site has increased dramatically even without the ads going up.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on August 7, 2009 at 11:34pm
Exactly! The AFA got a heap of free publicity - in fact, the publicity was probably worth more than the total cost of the bus ad campaign.
Comment by Trina Hoaks on August 7, 2009 at 11:25pm
That is excellent! Good for you and yours.

The interesting thing about trasit folk refusing to run these ads is that the area atheists end up getting more attention because of the publicity than they might have otherwise. So, the people who complain in an effort to stop the ads actually help the atheists get free advertising via the media. It's brilliant, really. ;)
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on August 7, 2009 at 11:04pm
Trina, we had a similar problem here in Australia. The Tasmanian bus advertising company refused to run ads from the Atheist Foundation of Australia - even though they had previously run religious ads on buses. The matter was mediated before the Tasmanian anti-discrimination tribunal and the ads will now run.

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