The Atheists United chapter in San Luis Obispo, California has an “adopt a highway” sign marking a stretch of land that they regularly clean up.
But that sign was vandalized by someone a few weeks ago:
There’s not much you can do with that other than replace it and move on, and that’s what everyone did.
And then, this week, they discovered that the same sign had been sawed off from its post and spray-painted. According to a press release from the group:
A California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) official informed AU SLO that the sign was sawed off and that the first and last letters of “Atheists” had been painted over. The sign was new, having recently been replaced after a large red “X” was spray-painted on the sign on September 19.“Despite this act of vandalism,” said AU SLO president Steven Arkowitz, “AU SLO remains dedicated to making it acceptable to be a non-believer in this county.”
Caltrans has offered to move AU SLO to a different stretch of highway, but the group has said it would like to stay in the same location.
It’s still unclear who’s doing this and why. But the atheists aren’t backing away. All they want to do is make that stretch of road a little cleaner. Hiding a video camera somewhere to catch the vandal(s) in the act just seems way too complicated for something so petty and stupid. At least they seem to have the city on their side.