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Bloomington Rejects 'You Can Be Good Without God'; Lawsuit Underway

eobanb sent this in the other day and I suggested posting as an addition to the post on the Spanish Atheist Bus Campaign which he did but this issue is now getting more publicity and hopefully the lawsuit will lead to a favorable outcome.

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Bloomington was first on the Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign’s list of places it hoped to run bus ads. However, the city has rejected our campaign’s slogan, ‘You Can Be Good Without God.’ This is deeply disappointing to our campaign’s members; we all love Bloomington and were very much hoping to run ads in our hometown along with many other cities.

Following their rejection of our ad’s slogan, Bloomington Transit referenced their ad policy, which currently states that they may reject any ad they feel is ‘too controversial.’

However, we are not giving up. Today the ACLU of Indiana, on behalf of the campaign, is filing a lawsuit against Bloomington Transit on First Amendment grounds. No campaign donations will be spent on the suit.

Here is the filed complaint (PDF, 172 KB)

Here is the press release(RTF, 4.4 KB)
Meanwhile, we are moving forward with efforts in other cities, and we will be announcing more very soon. We want to bring our message many places, and this rejection motivates us more. If you’re like us and want to see a positive message about atheism in your community, please donate. We still have a long way to go, and you can help us get there!



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