Monday, November 27, 2006

Does This Offend You? (#9)

Because this wreath offended a few residents at the Loma Linda Homeowners Association in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The offended residents complained to the Association's Board of Directors who told the homeowners who put up the wreath, Bill Trimarco and Lisa Jensen (pictured), to take it down or face a $25-a day fine.

"The peace sign has a lot of negativity associated with it. It's also an anti-Christ sign." ~Bob Kearns, Loma Linda Homeowners Association President (The Durango Herald, Nov 27, 2006)
An anti-Christ sign? Oh, please tell me one of the complaining residents didn't actually say this. Although a few people may buy into that crap, most recognize the shape of the wreath - which it should be noted is a CHRISTmas decoration - for what it is, a peace sign.


Peace is far from an objectionable concept. In fact, numerous Christmas and holiday cards with ‘peace on earth’ messages are exchanged each year. Peace has universal appeal, regardless of whether one celebrates Christmas or Hanukah or Kwanzaa or whatever. Indeed, peace is really what all of humanity (except maybe defense contractors) strives for.

The idea that displaying a peace symbol is ‘divisive’ (to quote the Board) since we are involved in a war is far-fetched. Even if the peace symbol has anti-war connotations, anti-war is really no different than pro-peace. Peace means members of the armed forces will not have to risk their lives in combat. Peace means the troops can return home to their loved ones where they belong. So we should all be anti-war, during the holidays and always.

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Thanks, Board of Directors at the Loma Linda Homeowners Association, for proving me an opportunity to drive that message home. But don’t you have more important things than a peace wreath to worry about? I could maybe see the fuss if every resident of your Association had a problem with the wreath, but we’re talking about only 3 or 4 complaints out of a 200-home association. And what’s more, your own Architecture Committee determined that the wreath did not break the Association's rules. So, do tell, were those 3 or 4 complainers all Board members or what? Wouldn't be the first time that those in power used their influence to push their own agenda.


Sources: The Durango Herald, CNN, The Journal/Pagosa.com

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13 comments:

Crankster said...

Or, of course, they could just be too weak to tell a couple of loud whiners to put on their big boy pants and deal.

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austere said...

This is STRANGE. Couldn't find anything remotely objectionable.

Laura said...

Yeah, a peace sign has so much associated negativity, like...like.....symbolising PEACE -so often assocaited with it's evil sisters war, apathy, cynicism, hypocrisy.....

ShadowFalcon said...

I'm really missing something, how is this offensive?

austere said...

your tag has been DONE!
yaay!
(after a great deal of worrying, fretting over and sighing.)

Pamela said...

You know, I just wish people would get over being so easily offended. It offends me that they are offended. I am not offended by a peace sign wreath at all. But I do agree that a peace sign is a broken cross and I think that is where people can be offended. Or maybe they are just idiots. Our whole world simply cnnot be so PC IMO.
Blah.

Starrlight said...

Is this serious? Really? I suppose it says something about my youthful optimism that stuff like this continues to surprise me.

This is really real? Really?

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menrva said...

Perhaps putting up a wreath in the shape of the middle finger would be less offensive?

eddyquette said...

That's exactly what I was thinking - or go for an English "V-sign". They won't get what it means and find no cause for offence...

Just D said...

Some people have too much time on their hands.

Anonymous said...

It seems to me a fight between neighbors. I remember "born to kill" in the full metal jacket (Kubrick)