Dear PoP – Bible passages in buses

“Dear PoP,

I was wondering if any of your readers have noticed bible passages printed out (they look pretty homemade) and taped up in metrobuses. I was just riding a 53 up 14th street and read one about honoring God or something to that degree.”

I’m certain it was simply posted by a proselytizer and is not sanctioned by WMATA or the DC government.

I also see these types of notes occasionally on newspaper boxes. Do these notes (even though they are not sanctioned) bother folks?

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  • Something like this would not even make my (very extensive) list of “things that bother me while I’m on the bus.”

    (In fairness, I’ve never seen anything like this on the bus, so I say that hypothetically.)

    • Seriously. If this bothers you, then you probably have way too much free time on your hands.

      • I don’t think you can make a statement like that unless you know what the Bible verse in question is. There is some seriously offensive stuff in the Bible.

        For example:

        “Women should be silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak, but should be submissive, as the law also says.” (1 Corinthians 14:34)

        “Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:22)

        “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be of thy seed in their generations that hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God. For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous,Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded,Or crookbackt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken; No man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God.” Leviticus 21: 16-21

        “If a man lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination and they shall surely be put to death.” – Leviticus 20:13

  • Not any more bothersome than other graffiti–and it’s removable. I’ll take it over somebody standing on a corner screaming into a megaphone. Thankfully don’t see that as much these days.

    • referring to the megaphone proselytizer around metro center? 13th and f

      • No, thinking about the Farragut Sq Park at Connecticut and K. If you really want to turn someone off to your message, this is the way to do it.

      • That’s why I like Columbia Heights, the League of Angry Black Men who prosthelytize outside the metro station don’t use megaphones.

  • They are annoying. Adults are too old to believe in fairy tales.

  • Tape up a passage from the Qur’an and you’ll end up on the B30 Express to Gitmo.

  • The religious messages in buses bother me not so much because of their content, but because they’re unauthorized and are basically freeloading.

    I’m not thrilled about the occasional pro-religious ads in buses either (like the ones from the Knights of Columbus), but at least those are going by the book and providing WMATA with advertising revenue.

  • …how else do you all expect to be saved on judgement day? October is right around the corner, get on the train or be left behind!

  • My grandmother always said “you have two things that belong to you and very few people will want to know about either one of yours…your asshole and your opinion.” I believe this is one of those times she was talking about.

  • My grandmother always said when she died, she wanted a bone stuck up her butt and to be dragged away by wild dogs but you probably don’t want to know about that either.

  • Well, as any good wmata passenger would do, I do my bit to keep metro clean and rip these off the bus and throw them in the trash.

    Give a hoot, don’t polute.

    • If they were flyers for a cool band at 930, would you rip them down? I’m guessing here, but I think the religiousness of them is what makes you want to trash them.

      As for me, I couldn’t care less. I ignore them, like all the other ads covering every inch of free space on the bus.

  • The first time I saw one of these signs it was taped over the (paid) atheist advertisement. I just assumed the verses were responses to that fairly widespread campaign. I’m no great fan of the atheist ad campaign either, but at least they’re paying for their ads.

  • austindc

    What would Jesus tape to a bus?

    Also, I like when I see people riding the bus with flowers.

  • This is defacement of public property, so yes, it bothers me.

  • I’ve seen these and I assumed the driver was responsible. Since I believe the idea of the Sky God is preposterous, I tend to laugh at this stuff. But I remember thinking that if the driver is responsible, I suspect it’s an issue the ACLU et al. would be interested in, since Metro is restricted from proselytizing by the First Amendment.

  • This would not even register on my radar as something to be concerned about.

  • ah

    No one has commented on the (mis)use of the advertising boxes. I’m all for it. Those things are designed for advertising crap. Might as well put them to proper use.

  • I miss the Rapture-heads. They were fun.

  • Yep – need separation between Church & State!

  • I complained to WMATA about these a couple of years ago and they said the bus employees are supposed to remove them and that the posts cannot remain up because WMATA receives federal funds and these are not any form
    Of approved advertising. The ones I saw on my route were similar, but offensive because they targeted GLBTQ folks. Once I complained, I never saw them again on my route.

  • I’m not particularly religious but I’ll take this over graffiti any day, if given the choice.

  • I’m with George Carlin when it comes to this sort of thing:
    “Thou shalt keep thy religion to thyself.”

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