It’s not the worst act of vandalism you’ve ever seen, but it happened nonetheless, and it just shows why these billboards are so important:
We’re not lost at all.
Atheists are proud of knowing precisely where we stand, even if it may seem insignificant to others in the grand scheme of the universe. It’s honest and inspirational, as Richard Dawkins said so beautifully in Unweaving the Rainbow:
We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.
The vandalism isn’t working either.
Clear Channel will be replacing the billboard free of charge — and the Sacramento Area Coalition of Reason is getting some free publicity.