Pledge without God Sign Defaced in N.C

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A controversial billboard that a secularist group put up on Billy Graham Parkway in North Carolina was defaced over the weekend by spray painters who inserted the words under God on the sign.

The original sign, one of several placed across the state, read One Nation Indivisible, making the point that the words under God were not part of the original Pledge of Allegiance.

The graffiti writers fixed that, painting the words under God just below the phrase, with an arrow indicating their placement between One Nation and Indivisible.

Inserting 'under God' under our billboard is like inserting it into the original pledge in 1954: it divides our nation, said Joseph McDaniel Steward, founder of the North Carolina Secular Association, in a press release Monday. All we are asking for is a level playing field and the same consideration that any other citizen would expect for themselves.

Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics, who actually sponsored the ad, has asked the billboard company to repair the sign and has filed a police complaint.

The Charlotte Police Department did not return a request for comment.

Besides the ad over the Charlotte parkway named after the famous evangelist, there are five other billboards across the state - in Asheville, Greensboro, Raleigh, Wilmington and Winston-Salem. …