An ad campaign on London buses asks people to forget God and live their lives as normal humans. The subject has gained great interest in the U.S. after the athiests petitioned President-elect Barack Obama to leave religious imprecations and supplications out of his inauguration, as 44th president of the United States in the interests of "the religious liberty of all Americans."
The American Atheists Inc. said they wished they could be treated as first class citizens as "we assuredly are" and maintain they should not be insulted at a majestic, historic, and important civic ceremony.
The president of the atheists' organization, Dr. Ed Buckner, noted, "If President-Elect Obama would like to have someone representing those of us who lack religious beliefs at his ceremony, we can give him the names of dozens of different men and women who could express our robust devotion to and confidence in the American government and in the U.S. Constitution even while articulating our own strong preference for a life without religion. A better solution, however, than attempting such a balancing act would be to leave religious expression in the hands of individual American citizens and any leaders they choose, rather than entangling the civic and the religious."
Many people in the world assume the U.S. is very liberal and secular, though WASP calls the shots from behind the scenes in most cases.