Just in time for Christmas, a group of atheists are renting space on the sides of buses to convince people not to believe in God. Merry Christmas!

According to the Associated Press:

You better watch out. There is a new combatant in the Christmas wars.

Ads proclaiming, “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake,” will appear on Washington, D.C., buses starting next week and running through December. The American Humanist Association unveiled the provocative $40,000 holiday ad campaign Tuesday.

In lifting lyrics from “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” the Washington-based group is wading into what has become a perennial debate over commercialism, religion in the public square and the meaning of Christmas

Now, of course, if we would ask them to define “good,” these “humanists” would likely come up with a thousand different answers. They don’t seem to realize that without God, “good” has as many definitions as there are individuals.

This effort by the “humanists” was preceded by a similar campaign by the British Humanist Association, adorning London buses with the message: “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”

Never mind that every religious person I know is much much happier than any agnostics or atheists I know. What I don’t understand is why atheists feel such a strong need to evangelize. They don’t only believe in nothing. They celebrate a belief in nothingness. They evangelize their emptiness. I just don’t know what motivates them other than the adage that misery loves company.

Well, all we can do, I guess, is pray that they one day become former atheists. And I guess that these cuddly as a cactus Grinches enjoy their three decker saurkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce.