I wrote a few days ago about the controversy in Fort Worth, Texas, over the atheist group which had the gall to advertise their existence on public buses. How dare they intrude on the carefully constructed fantasy of Christians that they're the only ones who exist or who matter! Well, the complaints from Christians were so voluminous and nasty that the bus company decided that they just wouldn't allow any religious or atheist ads at all.
According to a news release sent out by The T: "The formal policy reflects most of The T's current guidelines which excluded certain local political, tobacco, alcohol, pornographic and obscenity-related ads. It will now also exclude any ads with religious, non-theistic or faith-based content and all political ads." ...
The news release said the recommendations came from the agency's staff "because of the distraction from its core business and excessive staff time" spent responding to the controversy.
In one sense this decision is understandable. I'm sure that the people working for the bus company just don't have the time, energy, or resources to deal with outraged Christians. I'm sure that they were shocked at just how crazy some of the local Christians and even ministers turned out to be and wanted to avoid anything like this again in the future.
On the other hand, this decision means that they are giving simply because one group managed to be nasty and vocal enough. They have established their willingness to submit to whomever is willing to raise enough of a fuss, no matter how objectively innocuous the subject is. The next time someone doesn't like some ad, they can be confident that they'll get their way so long as they behave in a similarly infantile fashion.
You can be sure, though, that some Christians somewhere will treat this as an example of atheists "spoiling things" for everyone else. You see, if atheists insist in being treated as equals and Christians then complain so loudly that whatever program it is must be halted, it's always the atheists who get blamed. It's the atheists' fault for actually expecting equal treatment; it's never the Christians' fault for expecting special privileges or kicking up such a fuss that the program can't continue for anyone.
We see it around the holidays when atheists insist on being allowed to erect displays on public property just like Christians are accustomed to doing. If the prospect of atheists getting an equal public voice is too much for some local Christians to stomach, the local government prevents anyone from having public displays on public property -- and atheists are blamed for "spoiling" things. When kids are allowed to take home advertisements for religious programs and atheist groups request the same, Christians become outraged at the prospect of atheists advertising to kids and the program is eliminated.
Sooner or later, someone will say the same about this case as well. It will be yet another instance where atheists are expect to sit down and shut up rather than risk rocking the boat by demanding equality.