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Thu Nov 29, 2012, 04:07 PM

Woman’s Christmas lights flip the bird at neighbor, police order them down, ACLU supports her

A woman in Louisiana has been ordered by police to take down a Christmas light display shaped like a hand giving the middle finger, and the American Civil Liberties Union is sticking up for her.

Denham Springs resident Sarah Henderson said she feels the insulting display is the only way she can effectively communicate with her neighbors, with whom she has an ongoing dispute, Louisiana newspaper The Advocate reports.

An Advocate staff photo shows a blue-haired Henderson taking the lights off her roof. She told the newspaper that she might replace the middle finger with a swastika, adding “I’ve always been a little different.”

Henderson’s neighbor, Gemma Rachal, told The Advocate that her 6-year-old son saw the lights and tried to copy the offensive gesture.

The ACLU of Louisiana sent an open letter to the Denham Springs police chief, demanding that Henderson not be fined if she decides to reinstall her light display. “The law on this issue is perfectly clear: the City may not restrict Henderson’s expression purely because it, or Henderson’s neighbors, finds it vulgar or offensive,” the letter states.

http://blog.sfgate.com/hottopics/2012/11/29/woman%E2%80%99s-christmas-lights-flip-the-bird-at-neighbor/

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Liberal_in_LA Nov 2012 OP
cali Nov 2012 #1
Fumesucker Nov 2012 #8
liberalhistorian Nov 2012 #9
hedgehog Nov 2012 #2
Canuckistanian Nov 2012 #3
msongs Nov 2012 #4
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2012 #10
DreamGypsy Nov 2012 #7
cherokeeprogressive Nov 2012 #5
NV Whino Nov 2012 #6

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 04:09 PM

1. Yeah, that's real effective communication, lady.

people can be such petty idiots.

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Response to cali (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 05:00 PM

8. The dispute may well be over something even more petty from the other side

We have no way of knowing.

Personally I think the display is indeed an effective communication of the way the owner feels.

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Response to cali (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 05:04 PM

9. That may very well be true, and it is, indeed,

childish, juvenile and immature, but it still doesn't merit police involvement; it is not a criminal matter. You'd think they'd have better things to do, like deal with real crime and real criminals.

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 04:17 PM

3. Very creative, actually

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Response to Canuckistanian (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 04:19 PM

4. tell them it's a cactus nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 08:21 PM

10. it does kinda look like a cactus

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Response to Canuckistanian (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 04:25 PM

7. Inform the police ...


that it's a double-amputee menorah.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 04:22 PM

5. I would have told the police it was a Menorah n/t

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 04:23 PM

6. I want to hire her

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