***Update*** (7:50p): The banner is back up for viewing. However, the sign is still damaged. Still no evidence as to who might have done this.
Last week, the Freedom From Religion Foundation chapter in Chicago put up an atheist display at North School Park in the city of Arlington Heights. It included a five-foot-tall Scarlet A and a banner reading “Are you Good Without God? Millions are” (courtesy of the Chicago Coalition of Reason):
It’s been a week, and I just got word that the display was vandalized: The top of the banner was ripped out of its grommets and the eyehooks that kept the banner attached to its stand were missing.
In addition, the disclaimer sign (that said the displays were put up by private groups and did not represent the views of the local park district) was literally bent out of shape:
FFRF Metropolitan Chicago Chapter President Tom Cara told me that the vandalism was reported to the Arlington Heights police department.
It’s the second year in a row the displayed have been ruined. Last year, someone took a knife to the banner: