Go on over to the Friendly Atheist to see the pictures if you want to know what I’m talking about.
Seriously, don’t vandalize churches.
It makes us all look bad, and a sloppy tag on someone’s house of worship isn’t going to change anyone’s mind. Even if you spell “atheism” correctly.* The clean up is already apparently taken care of, but the Friendly Atheist is drumming up donations and hopefully will partner with the church to give to a local secular charity. As Hemant writes:
It’s a gesture to show that, while we have very serious disagreements about the nature of God, we all want to help our communities and make this world a better place. It’s possible to work together toward that cause. It’s also a slap in the face to the vandals — if they wanted to prove anything, they failed. I hope they’re caught and penalized. And I hope the stories about the vandalism talk about how atheists came together with this pastor to support a local charity, and not how some evil atheist(s) did this awful damage.
Once again. Don’t vandalize churches. Vandalize police stations.**
* Yes, it is questionable that this vandalism was done by actual atheists. Even the pastor of the church questioned the fact that they misspelled “atheism.” But no matter who carried out the act, atheists will for obvious reasons take the blame.
**I’m joking. Don’t vandalize police stations either. They have surveillance cameras.