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Monday, November 27, 2006

Land of the Free Watch

posted by on November 27 at 11:30 AM

A homeowners association in southwestern Colorado has threatened to fine a resident $25 a day until she removes a Christmas wreath with a peace sign that some say is an anti-Iraq war protest or a symbol of Satan.

Some residents who have complained have children serving in Iraq, said Bob Kearns, president of the Loma Linda Homeowners Association in Pagosa Springs. He said some residents have also believed it was a symbol of Satan. Three or four residents complained, he said.

Peace is the last thing you want to see break out if you actually have children serving Iraq—God forbid your kid shouldn’t come home in a box. And, yes, this is all my fault.

Thanks to tipper Gomez.

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Does this mean we have to change Jeebuz' monicker from "The Prince Of Peace" to "The Prince of Stay The Course"?


Posted by COMTE | November 27, 2006 11:40 AM

And he shall come with a fiery sword and shall burn all those who are not amongst his host of deadenders.

And there shall be much gnashing of teeth, until he shall be thrown down by the voters.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 27, 2006 11:59 AM

The Western plateau in Colorado, North and South, is full of these nutjobs who see Satan in everything. It's a rough place to live if you're not a right winger. I used to live in a NW Colorado town, and many of my friends wouldn't come to my house - because it was on "Satan's corner". So called because some cats had disappeared there and one of my neighbors kept a goat, all sure signs of the devil's henchmen at work.

Every now and then, I'm reminded to do Satan's happy dance that I don't live in that backwards-fuck area anymore. Thanks for being there, you godless Seattle heathens!

Posted by switzerblog | November 27, 2006 12:08 PM

Sightly different version

"When Kearns ordered the association's architectural control committee to require Jensen to remove the wreath removed, they refused. Jack Lilly, chairman of the group, said it decided it was merely a seasonal symbol that didn't say anything. Lilly also said he had received no complaints from homeowners. Kearns fired all five members of the committee."

Clearly the HOA president (Kearns) has a bug up his ass about the whole thing. One more reason not to buy a home where there's an HOA.

Posted by Matt from Denver | November 27, 2006 12:12 PM

Yeah, no kidding. HOAs seem to attract petty tyrant types as leaders.

Posted by Orv | November 27, 2006 12:13 PM

I want this to go to the Supreme Court!

Posted by elswinger | November 27, 2006 12:16 PM

the peace sign is seen by christians as a broken upside down cross and has had a shit ton of terrible 'meanings' foisted upon it over the last 2K years (as Nero's Cross it meant peace on earth w/o Christians!)...but I thought context counted for SOMETHING, consider the swastika, once it meant something ELSE as well. but nearly EVERY symbol has some type of pre-christian root that deems that symbol as pagan and therefore 'satanic'.

Posted by nipper | November 27, 2006 12:24 PM

That would make me want to go all out on the decorations.

How would they feel about a nativity scene that had a horned baby jesus?

Posted by monkey | November 27, 2006 12:30 PM

Unfortunately, nearly every new home these days requires joining a HOA upon purchase.

Is it really homeowning when you can be told how to live in your home?

Posted by Gomez | November 27, 2006 12:35 PM

Gomez @ 9 - if you're the conformist type, apparently so. I'm lucky to have found a good, affordable home with no covenants (albeit in Denver not Seattle, one of the reasons I moved back). It was built in the 50s, natch.

Posted by Matt from Denver | November 27, 2006 12:41 PM

We need a more vengeful set of Christmas carols for these neighborhoods. The standard ones just aren't likely to cut it anymore...

Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"...

Posted by wf | November 27, 2006 12:49 PM

Is there anyway to contribute to this person's cause? I'd gladly shell out a day's worth of fines just to keep the wacky neighbors riled up.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | November 27, 2006 1:00 PM

Obviously, Matt, if you're willing to buy used, you can bypass the HOA rigamarole. But buying new essentially handcuffs you to a HOA.

Posted by Gomez | November 27, 2006 1:32 PM

What's so great about buying new?

Oh, and when does she get her free watch? I missed that part of the story.

Posted by Levislade | November 27, 2006 1:48 PM

Further proof of my theory that people who live in Colorado are nutjobs.

Posted by Dianna | November 27, 2006 5:21 PM

I'm with Catalina. Let's pay for her fines.

Posted by amazonmidwife | November 27, 2006 5:29 PM

Does that include me, Dianna?

Posted by Matt from Denver | November 27, 2006 6:07 PM

I think sending a lovely x-mas card to Mr. Kearns, something like a stained glass peace sign, would be nice...500 would be better, though.

Posted by i love ipa | November 27, 2006 8:39 PM

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