Atheist Billboard Vandalized Near Roanoke, Virginia

It just went up a couple of days ago!

That billboard, one of four put up by the Blue Ridge Coalition of Reason in the Roanoke, Virginia area, has already been vandalized. (This one’s in the city of Salem.)

Someone spraypainted over the word “Don’t”:

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“This unfortunate incident shows just how necessary our message is. Prejudice against people who don’t believe in a god remains very real in America,” said Paul Hoyt, coordinator of Blue Ridge CoR.

United CoR has informed the billboard owner, Lamar Outdoor, of the vandalism and is arranging to have the billboard replaced. But it is leaving it to the discretion of Lamar to file a police report.

“If necessary, we will pay the cost of printing up new vinyl and have this billboard’s original message bright and clear in short order,” said Fred Edwords, national director of UnitedCoR. “Freedom of speech is worthy of everyone’s defense. For it is only when people with minority opinions are able to safely go public about their views that people of all opinions can feel secure in their rights.”

Hopefully, Lamar Outdoor will pay for the cost of the replacement. There’s no reason the Blue Ridge CoR should have to pay for property someone else damaged. If they have to do it, though, a church willing to step up and fundraise for them would be offering up a huge gesture of goodwill…

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