A northwest Minnesota man who describes himself as an atheist woke up to an unsettling sight this weekend: his truck, which sported bumper stickers declaring his secular beliefs, vandalized with hostile, anti-atheist messages.
In a Saturday Facebook post that has since been shared nearly 10 thousand times, Jeff Carter of Crookston shared pictures of what the vandals had done to his red Ford F-150. They appear to have pelted the vehicle with egg and flour, and covered it in phrases like "If you don't like God, go!" and "God is great."
Carter tells the Forum News Service that this isn't the first time he's encountered anti-atheist hostility in the Polk County town.
"I'll get a middle finger every once in awhile, or my girlfriend will get yelled at occasionally," he told the service, adding that his tires were slashed when he first moved to Crookston.
Carter chose not to report that incident, but he told the Forum the police have been contacted about the vandalism on his truck.
In the meantime, Carter, originally from Utah, seems to be taking the incident in stride.
"I don't want anyone to think that i (sic) feel persecuted by Christians," he wrote in a Facebook update Sunday morning, "I do not. Many of my best friends are Christians (and many other faiths)."
On top of that, he's gotten "hundreds of messages from absolute strangers offering to pay for damage to my truck," and also "apologizing for what happened."
However, he says, "nobody owes me an apology for this except the people that did it," adding that he was able to wash down the truck and get it looking "brand new."
Carter has also vowed to replace the atheist stickers and magnets that were stolen off the back of his truck.