The Cranford-based American Atheists group has never shied away from challenging religious symbols. The group's Times Square banner (see photos in this Huffington Post article) calls for millions to "Dump the Myth" about Jesus during the Christmas season. This week a smaller banner donated by the group to a resident of West Milford Township, in Passaic County, carrying a simiar message was reportedly vandalized.
According to reports, at least one community member is calling the alleged vandalism a show of intolerance and asking local authorities to investigate. The banner, which was placed near religious symbols for the holiday season, was ripped from its posts on Sunday. The banner shows three wise men and asks people to question the "myth" of the holiday season.
“Many people are claiming that atheists have declared ‘war on Christmas,’ American Atheists said in a statement on the group's website. "These same people are allegedly resorting to illegal activities like vandalism to wage their so-called war."
The Atheist group will celebrate its 50th anniversary early next year. The group was formed in Texas, but has its headquarters based in Cranford, where an extensive library and archive of the group is house.