What a depressing topic to write about.
1) A church in Kingsway (Toronto) was vandalized Friday morning. It wasn’t tagged with an atheist symbols, but it was pretty bad:
Police found a ripped-up Bible, paint splashes all around the two-level building and multiple fire extinguishers set off. Damage has been estimated to be upwards of $40,000, not including cleaning fees for an antique pipe organ.
“It’s been pretty tense,” said programming intern Rachel Pisani, adding she’s never heard of vandalism in nearby churches in her eight years as a congregant.
I’m not raising funds for them at the moment. But if any atheists are in the Toronto area, please consider volunteering to help with the cleanup. More information on that is here.
2) Regarding the church in Irmo, South Carolina that was vandalized with atheist graffiti… you all raised an incredible $4,000+ in the wake of that incident (check out the fundraising widget in the sidebar). The plan was that the pastor and I would figure out a good secular charity in the area that we could donate the money to in a show of support/unity/whatever you want to call it.
I’ve been trying to get in touch with the pastor for the past week. He doesn’t seem to be returning my phone calls or emails.
So next week, I plan to send the money to a local charity by myself, on behalf of all the donors. Once all that happens, I’ll let you all know (and provide proof).