Arson attempted at atheist billboard put up to protest Christmas, NJ police say

Police say someone tried to torch a billboard in New Jersey that was put up by atheists to protest a "Keep Christ in Christmas" banner.

The billboard paid for by Madison, Wisc.-based Freedom from Religion Foundation proclaims "Keep Saturn in Saturnalia," a reference to an ancient celebration of the Roman god of agriculture.

Authorities say it was torched Tuesday night by two identified men who fled in a pickup truck.

The sign didn't burn, but its steel support beams were charred.

The atheist group has been trying since 2011 to have the privately funded Christmas banner in Pitman removed or have one added for nonbelievers.

The foundation is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.