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Christian Driver Strands Bus Passengers over Ad Saying Gays Exist

By November 21, 2012

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There have been lots of cases where Christians have complained about ads which announce the existence of atheists. It's hardly a surprise, then, that some Christians also get upset when the existence of gay people is announced publicly. They'd prefer that both atheists and gays remain in the closet, hidden from the public.

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In the case at hand involves a bus driver who was supposed to be driving a bus from Rotherham to Sheffield but refused because of an ad on the side of the bus: 'Some people are gay. Get over it!' Well, I guess that this unnamed bus driver couldn't quite get over that fact of life, could he?

Among those on the bus was Rebecca Neill, 25, from Herringthorpe, South Yorkshire, who had boarded the 5.25pm service at Rotherham and had just taken her seat when the commotion began.

'Once the driver had let us on the bus, he was meant to be swapping with another driver, but when his replacement wouldn't get on they just left us there while they had an argument outside,' she said.

'There were quite a few passengers arguing with him and several drivers as well. Someone was shouting at him: "You can't do that, it's disgusting."

'Then another driver got on and explained what was going on. He apologised and said that the poster wasn't acceptable to this Christian, but that he didn't agree with what the guy was doing.'

A spokesman for bus operator First Group would not divulge what action -- if any -- had been taken against the renegade driver. He said: 'We are aware of an incident involving one of our drivers refusing to drive a bus at Rotherham Interchange.

We have spoken to the driver in question and the matter has now been resolved. We would like to apologise to any customers that were affected during this isolated incident.'

Stonewall information officer Louise Kelly said: 'Passengers in Rotherham can rightly expect bus drivers to do the job they pay them to do -- drive buses. 'I just thought it was disgusting. He's a bus driver -- he's going to come across all sorts of people. Does he seriously think he has never had a gay person on his bus? If they are unwilling to, perhaps they should look for another job.'

Source: Daily Mail

I don't think that anyone really imagines that a bus driver personally accepts or endorses the messages that are plastered across whichever bus he or she happens to be driving. I doubt that they imagine the bus company does, either. So obviously this isn't an issue where a Christian is being forced to express something against their will.

No, this is another case where someone objects to others being out and open rather than hiding in shame. They can't stand the idea that others might come to realize that things like homosexuality and atheism aren't things that people should be ashamed of.

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November 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm
(1) Karen says:

Another Anti-gay bigot rocket scientist makes himself known.

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