CHARLOTTE, NC – A group of atheists are upset after their billboard was vandalized!
The words ‘Under God” were spray painted on a billboard funded by a group of atheists. The Charlotte atheist association put up the ad and discovered it vandalized on Monday. The billboard will remain defaced until after July 4, the group reports, which is the soonest that workers can furnish a new billboard.
The billboard reads, “One Nation Indivisible” on a backdrop of an American flag. The phrase precedes the 1954 insertion of the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance, Charlotte Observer’s Tim Funk reports. The billboard had been up for all of a week and it was constructed on Billy Graham Parkway.
Similar North Carolina ads have gone up in Asheville, Greensboro, Wilmington, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem as a Fourth of July project by the area’s atheist association. The group has filed a police report.
“It was done by one or two people off on their own who decided their only recourse was vandalism rather than having a conversation,” Charlotte Atheists & Agnostics spokesman William Warren said. “It does show how needed our message is. As atheists, we want to let people know we exist and that there’s a community here.”