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Atheist billboard vandalized a second time

The replacement billboard is thought to have been vandalized early Wednesday morning The replacement billboard is thought to have been vandalized early Wednesday morning
The original billboard was vandalized in late October The original billboard was vandalized in late October
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MOSCOW, Idaho. - An atheist billboard in Moscow, Idaho has been vandalized for the second time in two weeks.

The billboard originally read "Millions are good without God" but was partially obscured with blue paint to now read "Millions are good with God."

In the first instance the word "without" was completely blacked out, after which the AHA quickly replaced the billboard.

"The irony here is worth noting," said President of the American Humanist Association, David Niose. "Some individuals are committing criminal acts while apparently claiming that their religious view of the world leads to good behavior. It's not a very convincing argument on their part."

The Moscow Police Department notified the AHA Tuesday morning. They believe the ad defaced between 1 and 3 am. The AHA has alerted the billboard company who leased the space, Lamar Outdoor, who said they will start leaving the lights on round the clock. The AHA will be replacing the billboard but hasn't yet decided whether to go with the same design.

"This is not just vandalism, it is religiously motivated vandalism which attempts to silence a minority viewpoint," added Niose. "Everyone, not just humanists, should be concerned about such acts."

The billboard is the third billboard advertisement the organization has displayed in the Moscow area.

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