A Christian bus driver has refused to drive a bus with an atheist slogan proclaiming “There’s probably no God”.
Ron Heather, from Southampton, Hampshire, responded with “shock” and “horror” at the message and walked out of his shift on Saturday in protest.
First Bus said it would do everything in its power to ensure Mr Heather does not have to drive the buses.
Buses across Britain started displaying atheist messages in an advertising campaign launched earlier this month.
Mr Heather told BBC Radio Solent: “I was just about to board and there it was staring me in the face, my first reaction was shock horror.
“I felt that I could not drive that bus, I told my managers and they said they haven’t got another one and I thought I better go home, so I did.
“I think it was the starkness of this advert which implied there was no God.”
I must confess amusement at ‘shock horror’. Whilst it’s no doubt right that First Bus did their best to accommodate the poor dear’s seemingly fragile religious beliefs, I wonder where this new front in the war by theists will go next – drivers boycotting buses advertising Heinz products? McDonalds’? Tube drivers refusing to drive trains with ads for artificial insemination?