Monday, November 27, 2006

Peace Be Upon You, Unless You're In A Subdivision

Christmas time is on us once again, and it's a time when people decorate their homes appropriately with lights, yard displays and wreaths. The wreath, originally gathered by the pre-Christian Germanic people, was used as a sign of hope in the coming spring and renewed light. Christians kept these traditions alive by using the wreath as a symbol of their Advent Hope, in Jesus as the Everlasting Light. You know, Jesus, the Prince of Peace?
Well, it seems a woman in Pagosa Springs CO has hit a snag with her homeowners association with her wreath. Apparently some of her neighbors are upset with hers because it is in the shape of a peace sign. The Peace Symbol actually was designed by Gerald Holtom as the logo for the Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament. It incorporates the semaphore letters N and D, for nuclear disarmament.
But neighbors of Lisa Jensen, the women who hung the wreath on her home see it as the symbol for the Antichrist, having read too many Jack Chick comics, er, I mean tracts. The association says it does not allow signs, flags etc. that can be considered divisive. Because, I guess, some people are opposed to peace?
The President of the homowners association, Bob Kearns, ordered to archetictural design to committee to order her to take it down, when they refused, saying it was merely a seasonal symbol that didn't say anything, Mr. Kearns fired all five committee members. Ms. jensen faces fines of $25 a day for leaving it up, but says she doubts they'll be able to make her pay.
U+262E

12 comments:

Kvatch said...

You know, if the Frogette and I weren't the president(s) of our little HOA (we really aren't but we do have the checkbook), I'd say that all HOAs are made up of fascist pipsqueaks.

I'm just glad that she's refusing to pay.

Renegade Eye said...

Two, three many peace sign wreaths.

sumo said...

Jerks!

GraemeAnfinson said...

Throw her in Gitmo!

pissed off patricia said...

How dare she try to connect christmas and peace on earth. The very nerve of this woman. Perhaps if she slaps a little yellow "support our troops" magnet on it, it will pass the HOA inspection.

Anonymous said...

The people in that neighborhood must have anuses that are clenched so tightly that there probably is a shortage of oxygen. Jesus Katie Christ on a popsicle stick.

Peacechick Mary said...

I think Mr. Kearns is going to be sitting out in the cold very soon. She could put up a Prince of Peace symbol and Kearns would probably blow.

thephoenixnyc said...

This story is one in a long line of "Freedom Fries" stories that is making it difficult to sustain my beleif in the common sense, tolerance and pragmatism of the average American. You should the latest hoo-ha from Chicago. It on my blog.

Tina said...

I guess that moron skipped all of that Christmastime is the time to wish and pray for "peace on earth and good will toward men" and never read the parts in the Bible that specifically refer to Christ's birth as the birth of The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9: 6) "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the govt will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, PRINCE of PEACE. Of the increase of his govt and PEACE there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever." For fuck's sake... any moron who has watched a Charlie Brown Christmas would have heard that passage from the Bible, given that Linus reads it aloud.

Frederick said...

I hear they call it a "Satan Wreath"

Lizzy said...

This story got so much bad press that now the wreath can stay up. Score one for peace!

Betty Cracker said...

I was involved in a kind of similar incident last year. My daughter's elementary school publishes a year book each year, and it features inside a photo of the kids out on the playground arranged in such a way as to form a larger picture of something when photographed from the rooftop.

One year it was an American flag, and the kids were divided into teams and instructed to wear a red, white or blue shirt to represent their piece of the flag. Last year, it was to be a peace sign. Until certain boneheads got wind of it and brought it up at the PTA meeting, that is.

These jerks objected to the peace sign, saying it was a political statement insulting to our military and Shrubya. A contingent of liberal moms, me among them, said that was a load of hooey and that peace should be as uncontroversial as feeding the hungry. The PTA meeting erupted into a shouting match.

The principle spinelessly caved to the warmongers and changed the picture from a peace sign to a dolphin, which is the school's mascot. Well, that is what is was supposed to be, but it ended up resembling an amoeba more than anything else. Cretinous parents. Cretinous condo association.