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Freethought Today · January/February 2017

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

We need your help in restoring vandalized banners

In what unfortunately has become a holiday tradition, several FFRF Winter Solstice banners and signs have been stolen or vandalized.

Beginning in late 2015, FFRF created a Resurrection Pledge Fund so that banners and displays can be "resurrected" in a timely manner and the vandals/thieves will actually be helping FFRF's cause. Donors may pledge any amount, but pay only if any of FFRF's displays are stolen or destroyed.

Sure enough, in early December 2016, one of FFRF's signs was covered in spray paint in Boca Raton, Fla., within 24 hours of it being put up. (See Preston Smith's story on page 7.) Shortly thereafter, a Winter Solstice "Let Reason Prevail" banner Manassas, Va., was stolen. And in Shelton, Conn., a banner was slashed by a vandal a few days before Christmas. The Foundation is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandal or vandals responsible.

In the current pledge drive, 133 FFRF members have pledged nearly $5,000 in support. In the inaugural year of the Resurrection Pledge Fund drive, 95 freethinkers answered the call, pledging a total of $889 for each FFRF display that was stolen or vandalized.

If you want to join in the effort to protect FFRF's freethought displays, then join FFRF's Resurrection Pledge Fund campaign. With your help, we can ensure that thieves and vandals cannot censor FFRF's freethought message without triggering a donation that will fund even more FFRF displays.