In Spokane, Washington, there’s an iconic sculpture of the Radio Flyer red wagon that’s been around since 1989:
On Thursday night, it was vandalized with Christian messages:
So far, no one’s taken credit for doing it and they have no leads on the culprits. I don’t think anyone should point fingers at Christians without more evidence, though I admit it would be really unusual graffiti for anyone else…
“It’s very rare that we see vandalism based on religion,” Craig Butz, Riverfront Park manager, said. He continued, “This year has been worse than average. It’s going to cost us extra money.”
He expects the wagon will be re-painted next spring and will cost more than $3,000.
“We’ve only re-painted it once as general maintenance. We weren’t prepared to do this,” Butz added.
They’ll need to hire a sign painter to help out with the ornate writing and logos.
Even with the extensive vandalism, the wagon will remain open to the public.
I’m not planning to do a fundraiser for this, but I think it’d be a wonderful gesture for a local church group to raise money to help pay for the cleanup. Every Christian group in the area should be of the mindset that vandalism is no way to get a message across.
Though I’m sure some crazy Christian somewhere will complain that, by cleaning up the graffiti, the city is trying to “remove God from the public square”…
(Thanks to Kaylynne for the link!)