24/12/2012

Most Offensice Xmas Decorations

Christmas, the season of goodwill to all men. Well, as it turns out, maybe not ALL men. A woman in Louisiana put up Christmas decorations in the shape of a middle finger.

Well, if Santa can go around shouting Ho at people, she can flip the bird to her neighbours. Not everyone was happy about this festive middle finger. Police told her to take it down, but she took it to court and won the right to leave it up.

I'm not sure which part of the American constitution covered this. Was it the bit about religious freedom? Maybe she thought it was what the baby Jesus would've wanted. Or maybe it's not meant in a rude way. Maybe it's a finger pointing to the star the wise men followed. But more likely it's payback for the neighbours playing loud music.

So maybe it's covered by the freedom of speech bit. I know it's not really speech per se, but sign language must be included in the right to freedom of speech, and that's one hand gesture we can all understand.

When I first read this story I thought she was in the wrong. It's Christmas, the one time of year when you should try to forget how annoying your neighbours are. But the more I think about it the more I realise the court made the right decision. Of course she has to be allowed to put up a middle finger in lights. You can buy guns in the US. You can't have a country where you are allowed to buy an offensive weapon but you're not allowed offensive Christmas decorations.

Remember: Christmas lights don't offend people, people do. (Well, if that stupid logic works for other things, why not here.)

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