This post is by Jesse Galef, who is stepping in today.
I’m overwhelmed by the irony of religious individuals committing crimes to proclaim the morality of religion. Once again, one of our most non-confrontational billboards has been vandalized. The billboard reading “Millions are good without God” in Moscow, Idaho had the ‘out’ in ‘without’ painted over with blue paint:
Image from KHQ06 website
The statement being made is arguably true: millions of people are good with God – or at least with a belief in God, which is typically the issue in question. (One could argue that, because there are no gods, everyone good on Earth is good without God.) But to vandalize a peaceful message and stifle our free speech is not… what’s the word I’m looking for here… good.
Either the perpetrators know they’re doing a bad deed or they believe what they’re doing is good. Which is scarier?
At least some good will come of this: even more publicity and more conversation on the role of religion in morality.