Well, that was a quick turnaround.
First, this Iowa atheist ad went up on 20 buses in Des Moines:
A couple days ago, we found out the ad would be taken down.
The reason? Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) advertising director Kirstin Baer-Harding wasn’t sure. She said that the ads never should’ve been put up in the first place… and that there were too many complaints, presumably from Christians offended by I-don’t-know-what.
Which was it? Who knows.
Governor Chet Culver — a Democrat — also weighed in on the debate:
“I was disturbed personally by the advertisement and I can understand why other Iowans were also disturbed by the message.”
Maybe he understands it, but I don’t. If anyone can explain what about the ad is so offensive, that would be very helpful.
Anyway, the ads may now be coming back!
Thursday the chair of DART’s Board of Directors, Angela Connolly, told Channel 13 that DART has now actually received more calls supporting the ads than against them.
DART has asked the atheist group to submit a new advertisement for consideration. Connolly says she has been told the atheist group will meet tomorrow to discuss the offer.
First, yay for the victory, and thanks to all those who wrote or made phone calls!
Second, why do the atheists need to submit a new ad?
If DART would like to explain what was wrong with the previous one, then we’ll talk about replacing it. Until then, there’s no need to change it.
The ACLU is asking for DART to “provide them with their policy for accepting and denying advertisers.”
DART is being wishy-washy and unprofessional. Either they need to set rules and abide by them, or they need to stop taking down ads that offend the most sensitive of religious believers.
Many thanks to the Christians who voiced their support.
(Thanks to Ben for the link!)