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On the buses (2)

Regarding that item I wrote about the atheists intending to advertise their non-belief in God on our Metro buses, (HERE)and Anglican Bishop John Harrower’s indignation, here’s something I observed:

I was on a Metro bus at Franklin Square waiting for it to leave for my suburb. A car pulled alongside, but the driver, realising he was a bit close to a pedestrian crossing, decided to back – and came periously close to scraping the side of the bus.

“Jesus! Watch out!” shouted the lady bus driver through her window to the startled occupants of the car. And then an added derisory comment: “Queenslanders!”

Hey, banana benders causing bus rage in downtown Hobart!

Not quite what the bishop had in mind. But then there were no clerical collar wearers on the bus. But do they travel by Metro anyway?

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Justa Bloke

    January 8, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    I don’t understand any of this, but then, every time I try to travel by bus I get thrown off.

  2. Rob Walls

    January 8, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    A Christian bus driver maybe, but obviously one given to snap judgments. If she was arriving at her geographical conclusion about the driver’s home state based on the number plate she may have been unfair to the banana benders. Many of the larger car rental company vehicles are registered in that state.

  3. Jan

    January 8, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Thank you for your courageous witness, Bob. I don’t need to add “God bless you” because I know He already does.

  4. Leonard Colquhoun

    January 8, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Comment 1’s question – “But do they travel by Metro [or the mainland state equivalents] anyway?” – is one which should be put to every Lab and Lib MP across the nation. Most likely the only times will be 20m trips for photo-ops and other media stunts.

    You can’t expect coalition MPs to use public transport: they hardly know it exists (although quite a few could have had some childhood experiences – since forgotten as ‘Not for Adults like Us’ – riding buses, trains and trams to their independent schools).

    Nor do today’s Labor MPs – how else to explain the dreadful messes, particularly in Melbourne and Sydney, which long years of ALP governments have degraded their mass transit systems into. Anyone recently familiar with the conditions of these networks through personal experience would, once in power, be motivated to Do Something.

    Wouldn’t they?

  5. Bob Loone

    January 8, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Why wouldn’t they? Real Christians and the Christian message is primarily about love not hatred, faith anchored in facts, forgiveness not revenge, truth not lies, freedom not fear, caring not greed, giving not grabbing and enjoying the most wonderful, fully living relationship in Jesus through the presence of His Holy Spirit with us. I have always found God to be my refuge, and my strength and very present help at all times. In Him is light and the Bible is the good news of His Word for all who will seek. In Him I can understand and cope with the many worrying issues raised on Tasmaniantimes and be at peace because I know that GOD is my almighty and all-powerful friend. Yes I love Jesus and am certainly not ashamed to state I belong to Him. The most precious love that we have and experience is nothing compared to the wonderful measureless love God has for us, and wants to clothe us in. if we will but let HIM.
    Bob Loone

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