The report in fact goes to the prejudice that is the human condition. The rule is not only “Like produces like” but is extended in those areas where biological reproduction is not possible to “like promotes and protects like.” This is shown, from the greatest to the least, in My family > my neighbour > my town > my State > my country > my ethnic group > my species.
We would give all for our family but it would have to be pretty serious for us to give as willingly to some bunch of total strangers thousands of miles away
Within this broad outline there are subclasses of the same thing:My church> similar churches > similar sects > similar religions > other religions
and it pretty well ends there.
The problem here is that even a cursory look at the Bible shows a legal system that (i) has one penalty – death for any slight against God but a graduated series of penalites, starting with minor ones, for crimes against each other (ii) is based upon the Code of Hammurabi, who was seen to be a reformer in his day but is now seen as a draconian bastard.
Thus, as some Moslems have a fanaticism, which seems to be easily roused, when it comes to even depicting Allah/Mohammed, some Christians are up in arms when it comes to their God. Like deluded people, they can see that an all-powerful God, were He there, could deal with offences against Him at the blink of an eye, yet they think that they have to do the earthly action to avenge Him.
This is the true horror of religion – it takes away your critical thought and your sense of proportion and you become willing to do anything for the cause.
Back to the Christian vandalism of atheist posters. Is this just a manifestation of aversion to criticism? If it is, are we not all averse to criticism? If I see some inane and vacuous Christian slogan, am I not tempted to add a tag line
But do we not listen to Carlin, Meyers, Dawkins, et al, effectively tearing apart religion of all shades? Is that vandalism? Does it make Christians angry?
Does the fanatical Christian have these weapons? No – he is backed by the army of the non-critical thinkers. So he goes the only way possible – vandalism.
I am reminded of a Thai saying, “If you lose your temper, you have lost the argument.” Not always true, but a guide.
Look upon a vandalised billboard as saying, “This was so effective, they had no answer.”