Sacto 9-1-1
March 1, 2010
More Sacramento-area atheist billboards are vandalized

By Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com

Two more billboards paid for by Sacramento atheists and agnostics have been vandalized.

Members of the group that erected the billboards said during the weekend that one sign was stripped of its message. Another had a religious message spray painted on it.

"It's disappointing," said Tom Ikelman, spokesman for Sacramento Area Coalition for Reason. "We would hope that people would have respect for other people's point of view."

Ten billboards in the Sacramento area provide the atheist message. They are part of a nationwide campaign that began last year and are sponsored by the Sacramento Area Coalition of Reason with funding from national United Coalition of Reason, based in Washington, D.C.

The group noticed that during the weekend nearly the entire billboard message was ripped from the sign on the west side Roseville Road just north of Longview Drive, Ikelman said.

In addition, Ikelman said, a sign on Auburn Boulevard south of Myrtle Avenue had been defaced with the spray-painted message, "Christ Loves U."

Earlier in the month, another billboard was vandalized along Interstate 80 between Sacramento and Davis. Initially the billboard read "Are you good without God? Millions are."

Somebody scaled the big sign and spray painted "also lost?" after "Millions are."

Clear Channel, the company that owns the billboards, replaced the first vandalized sign. Only one week remains in the month-long billboard campaign.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

Previous coverage:

Atheist groups spread message on Sacramento-area billboards - Feb. 10, 2010

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