Update: Someone by the name of Joe McDonald (or some alternate spelling) has confessed to climbing the structure, cutting the strings to the banner, and surprisingly has appeared on local news. A video is to be posted around 7:30 EST.
Yesterday, the FFRF’s “Let reason prevail” freethought holiday banner was placed on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre following approval from the city.
Today, and quite recently, a reliable source has sent me a photo of the structure on which the banner was placed. It appears that someone had cut or loosened the strings holding the left side of the banner and (curiously enough) placed an American flag which was previously not there (see earlier photos of the structure). [It does not appear to be the case that the strings holding the banner were simply loosened on their own considering they were quite taut and an American flag is now placed there.]
This is quite interesting considering the banner was placed high on the structure and that the Jewish banner below speaks of respecting others’ property. If it is the case that this banner was vandalized, cameras on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre should have captured the vandal. Apparently, someone was so upset with the message that he/she could not simply have a discussion with me or the FFRF, voice a dissenting opinion, or place a banner of their own. Free speech is only desired in certain situations.
Updates to come…
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