Police force woman to take down middle-finger Christmas lights
Christmas spirit is in short supply in Denham Springs, Louisiana where a woman has been forced to take down her holiday lights after neighbors complained about the not very subtle message she was sending them.
Sarah Henderson, a mother of four children aged between 4 and 16, admits she deliberately fashioned her light display to look like a human hand ‘flipping the bird’.
Henderson says the middle finger salute was a message to some of her neighbors whom she has been involved in a year-long dispute with.
1. I wonder what the basis of the police's directive was?
I know I would not want to live in that neighborhood...way too much drama, I think:
In the letter, Esman wrote: 'The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeal, which presides over Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi, has specifically commented on the protected expressive nature of a middle finger extended in defiance or protest: "The thumbed nose, the projected middle finger, the Bronx cheer, the grimace and the smile are all conduct intended to convey a message that is sometimes made even more expressive by its bold freedom from a garb of words." Davis v. Williams.'
Henderson has said she is thinking about replacing the extended finger with a swastika.