Two churches in Oregon have been vandalized. They were tagged (spray painted) with various FSM messages, which implies that the vandals were atheists. (1) Hemant Mehta at Friendly Atheist has set up a donation fund to help clean it up here. Many people have expressed doubt about donating to a church. It’s a valid question, with some good points brought up against helping, but ultimately I think we should help out. It’s really all about image. Like it or not, this event will further ingrain the idea that atheists are immoral and hate-filled. If we do nothing, that view goes unchallenged. However, if we do step in and help out, it does challenge the view that most people have of us. It could be a huge PR win on our part. Not to mention, helping out someone who has been vandalized is, ya know, kinda the right thing to do. We don’t have to agree with their message (obviously we don’t), but we can still recognize that they are fellow community members.
(1) Mehta, Hemant. “Let’s Help Those Vandalized Churches.” Friendly Atheist. 14th June, 2011. Available: http://friendlyatheist.com/2011/06/14/lets-help-these-vandalized-churches/