January 16, 2009

Driver refuses bus with atheist ad

A Southampton, England, bus driver said bosses are working to accommodate him after he refused to drive a vehicle bearing an atheist advertisement.

Ron Heather, 62, said he told bosses at First Bus that his Christian beliefs would not allow him to drive a bus emblazoned with the message: There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life, The Guardian reported Friday.

When I first saw the bus last Saturday I was shocked, Heather said. I was just about to board and there it was staring me in the face. My first reaction was horror. ... I was in a dilemma but I felt strongly I couldn't drive that bus and so I went up to my inspectors and told them there was no way I could drive it. They said they didn't have another one, so I thought I'd better go home, he said.

Heather said bosses have since been very good about making sure the buses he is scheduled to drive do not carry the messages, which have been placed on 800 buses across Britain as part of a campaign by the British Humanist Association.

However, he said that if the campaign continues past February, he will seriously consider giving up my job.