Atheist Banner in Warren, Michigan: First Vandalized, Now Stolen

Last Friday, local FFRF members put up this banner near a controversial Nativity display on government property in Warren, Michigan.

Douglas Marshall puts up the FFRF sign in Warren, Michigan (David Angell – Daily Tribune)

Two days later, that banner was vandalized:

After a stake pole was vandalized, our banner was blowing around the median,” said FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. “We urge police to investigate this tampering. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has opposed using this median strip for religious displays not only as a constitutional violation, but a traffic hazard.

Yesterday, it was outright stolen:

The Foundation is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible party or parties, said Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor.

“‘Thou shalt not steal’ is one of the tenets that people who typically oppose FFRF supposedly live by,” Gaylor said. “I guess it’s all part of the war on reason.”

The banner is valued at more than $100. The Foundation is replacing it with another.

A police report was filed. But, unlike what happened in Pennsylvania, no one has confessed yet.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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