Regarding that atheist sign that was stolen in Streator, IL:
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is offering a $1,500 reward “for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s).”
Both the theft of the banner and vandalism to its supporting posts are classified as misdemeanors. Because FFRF’s nonreligious message was targeted, the act also qualifies as a Class 4 felony under Illinois’ hate crime law…
FFRF is working to place a new freethought banner as a replacement within a few days.
“It is so dismaying to see mob rule prevail,” said Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president. ” This vandalism amounts to censorship and [suppression] of minority viewpoints. This crime against our banner shows the harm when a local government purports to create a ‘public forum’ for religion on government property. The only viewpoint that is going to be heard in [Streator] is a Christian viewpoint. There are tax-exempt Christian churches throughout [Streator] where it is appropriate to place Christian crosses and displays. A public park is not one of them.”
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