March 5, 2009
Atheists can’t get message on Italian bus
Italy's atheists can ride the bus but are having trouble getting their message on them.
The Italian Union of Atheists, Agnostics and Rationalists wanted to have a slogan --
The bad news is God doesn't exist. The good news is you don't need him. -- splashed on buses across the largely Catholic nation. But public transportation advertising agencies haven't been too keen on the idea and so far only two buses in Genoa have sported a watered-down version of the atheists' message, ANSA reported Wednesday.
''Freedom of expression is a constitutional right that is routinely swept aside whenever someone publicly says God doesn't exist,'' said Raffaele Carcano, who heads the 4,000-member group. ''We are ready to go to court over this."