The odds of any kind of atheist sign or billboard surviving without being vandalized seems to be about 20%. Wherever they go up, someone is likely to destroy it, paint graffiti on it and even try to set it on fire. The latest instance happened near Chicago:
A sign on display in an Arlington Heights park that expresses views against religion has been vandalized, according to authorities.
For a second year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation installed a sign in North School Park in response to a Nativity scene set up in the same location and is part of the Arlington Heights Park District. The sign reads, in part, “Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”
Police said the sign was reported vandalized on Dec. 24. It is believed someone kicked the sign sometime between 4 p.m. on Dec. 20 and 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 22, causing an tear near the center.Tom Cara, president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Metropolitan Chicago Chapter, said no damage was done to the sign when it was on display in the park last year.
“I was surprised,” he said of this year’s vandalism. “I like to think the Chicago metropolitan area is a very diverse community and very tolerant and very accepting of different viewpoints.”
Surprised? Can he really be that naive? No matter how “diverse” and “tolerant” a community may be, it only takes one or two people to vandalize a sign.