Monday, November 27, 2006

Peace Wreath - Anti-war or Satan???

By Robert Weller, Associated Press Writer
Sunday Novermber 26, 2006

DENVER - 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.

"Somebody could put up signs that say drop bombs on Iraq. If you let one go up you have to let them all go up," he said in a telephone interview Sunday.

Lisa Jensen said she wasn't thing of the war when she hung the wreath. She said, "Peace is way bigger than not being at war. This is a spiritual thing."

Jensen, a past association president, calculates the fines will cost her about $1000, and doubts they will be able to make her pay. But she said she's not going to take it down until after Christmas.

"Now that it has come to this I feel I can't get bullied," she said. "What if they don't like my Santa Claus?"

The association in this 200-home subdivision 270 miles southwest of Denver has sent a letter to her saying that residents were offended by the sign and board "will not allow signs, flags, etc. that can be considered divisive." The subdivision's rules say no signs, billboards or advertising are permitted without the consent of the architectural control committee.

Kearns ordered the committee to require Jensen to remove the wreath, but members refused after concluding that it was merely a seasonal symbol that didn't say anything. Kearns fired all five committee members.

Yes, I'm a baby boomer!!!!!!!! I always thought that this was a universal symbol for PEACE. Have I misunderstood the meaning for all these years???????????

Why is it that it just takes a few people to upset the whole applecart???????? I agree with the lady in the article..........what's next.........Santa and his reindeer, Frosty the Snowman..............maybe the Grinch??????????

It's too bad that some people have nothing better to do than mind somebody else's business and not their own!!!!!!!!


Cami said...

Love what you said there at the end..Amen Shirley!

Tanya said...

Here, here, Shirley! Some people are reading waaay too much into her simple wreath. It's a peace symbol, people! Nothing more. Get over it. If you don't like it, don't hang one at your house! Sheesh...