Are you noticing a trend here? At least half a dozen atheist displays, signs and billboards have been vandalized or destroyed in the last couple weeks alone. The latest is in Roanoke, Virginia, where a local atheist group put up a billboard that just said “Don’t believe in God? Join the club” and had their name and website on it.
Thursday, one of the billboards — on Virginia 419 in Salem — was vandalized. Someone used black spray paint to obscure the word “don’t” and flip the message on its head. The vandalized message was removed by Friday afternoon.
Hoyt said the response has shown him that his group’s purpose in advertising is misunderstood.
“We had looked for ways to find new members,” Hoyt said. “This was strictly an outreach campaign to find like-minded people.”
Mentioning the mere existence of atheists is enough to provoke vandalism and destruction, and not just here and there in isolated situations but all over the country nearly every time such a sign goes up. It’s another example of Christian hegemony in operation.
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