FOUNTAIN, Colo. — A controversial billboard along I-25 near Fountain was once again at the center of attention.

The billboard said, “Go ahead and skip church. Be good for goodness sake. Happy Holidays.”

Now, it’s vandalized.The vandal wrote in red paint, “Gods not dead.”

American Atheists, who paid for the billboard, said it all happened on Sunday and that it’s sad to see someone do this.

“My initial reaction when I saw it was vandalized was, ‘oh no.’ Took me a long time to figure out what it even said.  The vandalism wasn’t very good and then my husband and I had a conversation about it,” said Kristine Stanger, a Christian. “I can understand being angry that the billboard was there, but again, its freedom of speech.  They have a right to have that billboard and the billboard wasn’t hurting anybody, it was just portraying somebodies opinion and somebodies view.”

American Atheists said they received support after the vandalism.

“Most people see it for what it is, just a despicable, hateful act and it’s not just atheists saying that either, because an act like this doesn’t do much for the image of good honest Christians who would never do such a thing,” said Randy Gotovich, the Colorado regional director of American Atheists.

“Unfortunately we get that stereotype when most of us don’t deserve that stereotype,” said Stanger.

Some people said the person responsible needs to be punished.

“I think they should step forward and say that they did it and have a fine put on them, but if they don’t know who did it then nothing really can be done,” said Thai Pace.

The billboards were up throughout the entire holiday season. They were already planned on being taken down the first week in January.Copyright 2016 KXRM. All rights reserved.