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Thu Nov 29, 2012, 12:49 PM

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.



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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:26 AM

1. I wonder what the basis of the police's directive was?

Public nuisance?

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.


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