As an atheist I am well aware that people often detest it when I speak, no matter how moderately, about my beliefs when it comes to religion. These are also the exact same people who get enranged when the government isn't actively promoting their own personal religious beliefs.
In Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, an atheist banner which hung from that city's public square (which was open to various religious signs) was taken down and replaced by an American flag. I have nothing against our flag. I proudly fly one from my porch, but I would not replace someone's sign with it.The man who targeted the atheist banner showed his true anti-atheist beliefs during a latter radio interview. Look, oppose the speech of atheists and humanists like me all you want, but please, all I ask is don't censor us.
Christian evangelicals, such as those who make a living conning the gulliable out of money through television, have shown opposition to the speech of atheists like me. One named Jeff Worley, out of Virginia, believes that atheist speech should be censored by the government. He stated during a sermon, which sadly drew great applause, "And I believe it needs to be outlawed across the land to make fun of our savior!"
The sign that provoked his outrage and call for censorship was a sign in Manhattan that said, "Keep the Merry, Dump the Myth." The merry being Santa Clause, the myth being a statue of the Christian human/god, Jesus. I hope Worley never reads one of my columns on religion, I might end up in a gulag if he had the power.
Near Roanoke, Virginia, the same city of the televangelist I just mentioned, an atheist sign was vandalized. I don't think I am going out on a limb when I state that there is a great chance that one of Pastor Jeff Worley's congreation members vandalized this sign. The sign read, "Don't believe in God? Join the Club". The "Don't" in the sign was painted over. Look, if a Christian wants to put up a sign stating that atheists, gays, feminists, liberals, humanists, environmentalists etc will burn in a lake of fire for ever, fine, go to it.
No atheist will vandalize your message, in fact, we will roar with laughter over it. But once again, it is hard for atheists to compete against the Goliath of Christianity with its' numerous radio stations, cable stations, politicans on beck and call, when atheist billboards are constantly being vandalized. Enough already.