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Should Homeowners Have the Right to Put Up Any Kind of Holiday Lights Display Even if it May Be Deemed Offensive to Others?

ABC News U.S. 2012/12/02 12:13:10
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  • MadMax 2012/12/07 00:49:15
    Yes
    MadMax
    It's their house.
  • Car1u5~PWCM~JLA 2012/12/06 17:18:49
    Yes
    Car1u5~PWCM~JLA
    last time i checked this was America and you can do any retarded thing you want as long as it is not illegal.
  • Rustie 2012/12/06 16:52:18
    Yes
    Rustie
    As long as it adheres to community standards and is not intended SOLELY to offend.
  • MsDianna 2012/12/06 14:51:38
    Yes
    MsDianna
    everyone of us is offended by something!
  • the fuze 2012/12/06 12:59:29
    Yes
    the fuze
    +1
    We're not protected against being offended.
  • JessDeCristo 2012/12/06 08:18:07
    No
    JessDeCristo
    Going by the choices given I have to say NO. BUT, a homeowner pay more than his share of taxes ( Federal, state & real estate ) , as long as they don't put up anything obscene, they can leave shall we say x-mas ornaments all year round or 4th of july all year round, screw the associations. these associations act like the owner is buying theproerty for them, 8 out of every 10 Homeowner's assoc. simply suuuuck.
  • Tordgaard 2012/12/05 15:54:02
    Yes
    Tordgaard
    +1
    Sure. There's a line between bawdy and obscene and it may differ from one community to another but a little bit of humor is good for everyone.
  • knothead 2012/12/03 22:31:39
    Yes
    knothead
    +2
    Definately!!!!! Everyone should be able to celebrate Christmas in their own personal manner. If some athiest person or group dowsnt like it.....TOUGH. Then they can go off in their little part of the world and celebrate their way. Leave me alone to celebrate Christmas and any other holiday in the manner I choose.
  • kassia.herrmann 2012/12/03 13:02:36
    Yes
    kassia.herrmann
    Christmas lights are an offense to climate change. Its a freaking offense when the ahole neighbors shine that cra p in my bedroom window for a month. IT SHOULD BE BANNED.
  • Eric 2012/12/03 11:49:18 (edited)
    Yes
    Eric
    +2
    You have have a defined place to draw the line when it comes to neighbor issues like that. First you can't have lights, next you all have to paint the house the same color to avoid complaints. I shouldn't be that the ones most willing to complain always get there way. Boats are an eye sore too, but there is nothing wrong with boats. Where does it end.
  • A Founding Father 2012/12/03 06:45:30
    No
    A Founding Father
    +1
    Certainly not. Why do you ask? Is there something about offending others that you want to talk about? Of course, if the neighbor is offended by a reasonable display of lights, or a rubber baby in a plastic "manager", he/she should be told where to stick/take their pity party. A neighbor not far from my home once made a big manger scene, compete with a live sheep and calf, and wired the absurd thing to play stereo music loudly until near midnight. After repeated pleas by neighbors that were ignored, the sheep and calf disappeared and the stereo speakers developed holes made by rocks. Don't recall if the
    animals were found or not.
  • bdking 2012/12/03 04:44:04
    Yes
    bdking
    +2
    yes, absolutely on private property that you own you should be able to celebrate and show your faith. That is an expression of free speech. Years it ago, it was the norm to do this on local goverment owned property.. But it was a given social normalcy as the community was 90 to 100% Christian. Today local municipalities are to mixed to allow that. As goverment should be neutral in church\state sepearation. But on your own little parcel of land, absolutely, if not whats next ? Not letting the christmas tree show through your windows.
  • davidgoessplat 2012/12/03 03:39:58
    Yes
    davidgoessplat
    +2
    I think so, as long as it isnt obscene material.
  • wtxwoman 2012/12/03 03:02:30
    Yes
    wtxwoman
    +2
    Homeowners should be able to do whatever they want on their own property unless they have signed an agreement with the neighbors to abide by a particular set of guidelines or rules.
  • wildcat 2012/12/03 01:38:27
    No
    wildcat
    I don't think a display of Santa urinating on a Nativity Scene would be tolerated in our neighborhood. How about a light display of a Santa having sex with a reindeer, would you approve of that?
  • MadMax wildcat 2012/12/07 00:50:58
    MadMax
    +1
    Lol, because I have a sick sense of humor.
  • wildcat MadMax 2012/12/07 03:40:33
    wildcat
    Well... I guess I hadn't thought of those with sick senses of humor. I'm not too sure that would be tolerated around here.
  • MadMax wildcat 2012/12/07 04:00:56
    MadMax
    I doubt it'd be tolerated anywhere hahahaha!
  • kathy 2012/12/03 01:25:22
    Yes
    kathy
    +2
    yes because last time I checked we were a free Country, and too many people are/have died to keep this Country free
  • wtxwoman kathy 2012/12/03 03:03:08
    wtxwoman
    +1
    Good point!
  • A Found... kathy 2012/12/03 06:49:35
    A Founding Father
    Yea, I know the guy who died so Santa could mount those reindeer. He lived near Pomeroy, on a small farm where he raised little lambs. Seems he and Santa had lots in common.
  • cjd 2012/12/02 23:56:33
    Yes
    cjd
    +2
    and people who don't like it have the right not put up lights
  • Michael 2012/12/02 23:45:37
    Yes
    Michael
    Some claim it is to validate and honor Jocko Graves, the son of a free black soldier named Thomas Graves, who fought with George Washington. The story goes that Washington assigned the youth to safely remain on the Pennsylvania shore with the horses while they crossed the Delaware. Jocko was also to keep a lantern burning so George and the soldiers would know where to return after battle. When Washington and his army returned they discovered Jocko had frozen to death — still holding the horses and the lit lantern.



    The story continues that Washington was so moved by Jocko’s devotion that he commissioned a statue in Jocko’s honor. Titled “Faithful Groomsman” the statue stood at Mount Vernon in honor of the young patriot. ...



    But Professor Kenneth Goings ... says this legend isn’t true. And in an October interview with ‘The Daily Journal’ Goings says the lawn jockeys are “very, very much racist symbols” and says that he’s amazed people can believe anything else. He continued to say black lawn jockeys are part of the Old South mythology: “They are meant to evoke that Old South, grand plantation, “Gone With the Wind” mythology, and I’m not sure they can evoke anything else.”
  • wtxwoman Michael 2012/12/03 03:55:45
    wtxwoman
    +1
    That was an interesting story and I like it better than the prevailing one, but I think the lawn jockey is probably the correct one, because they certainly had them in the South before the War. I don't see what this story has to do with Christmas decorations, though.
  • Michael wtxwoman 2012/12/03 16:33:23
    Michael
    +2
    You're right, it absolutely doesn't, but I wanted to point out the privacy issue and then just got caught up in the story! Thanks...for keeping me on target!
  • Thor American EXPAT n New G... 2012/12/02 23:22:16
    Yes
    Thor American EXPAT n New Guinea
    YEP

    Key WORD Owner
  • star 2012/12/02 23:13:00
    Yes
    star
    +2
    Heck yes, Private property rights and they are nobody's business.
  • Ozzyboy 2012/12/02 21:47:09
    Yes
    Ozzyboy
    +3
    I deem pissylousy and Hairy reed offensive but I have to put with 'em. Live and let live, fro crying out loud!
  • ♚Littlɘ Ǫuɘɘn~Phaet's Own 2012/12/02 21:03:38
    Yes
    ♚Littlɘ Ǫuɘɘn~Phaet's Own
    +3
    I love holiday lights; The funny, the sweet, the beautiful, the crazy, the offensive and all the rest too. When I squint my eyes, they're all pretty to me.

    stupid christmas lights
  • Yuki ~ ♦Lion King of PHÆT♦ 2012/12/02 20:52:41
    Yes
    Yuki ~ ♦Lion King of PHÆT♦
    +4
    As long as it doesn't violate their local Homeowners Association's rules, which you usually have to put up with when you move into an area. But other than that, yeah, you're home free.
  • kathy Yuki ~ ... 2012/12/03 01:26:44
  • Bacci 2012/12/02 19:20:26 (edited)
  • Spy Master 2012/12/02 19:12:15
    Yes
    Spy Master
    +3
    May Allah and the Atheists have a Holiday of their own; call it "Fakirs Day"...
  • FeedFwd ~POTL 2012/12/02 19:00:03
    No
    FeedFwd ~POTL
    It is actually a matter for tort law. Nobody has a right to be a nuisance, but they should be able to negotiate terms. If their decorations are too much, perhpas they could agree to turn some or all of them off sooner or perhaps they could offer some holiday cookies or pay off those who find it a nuisance. If it is a matter of religious offense, perhaps a simple screen between the houses would be sufficient.
  • bill 2012/12/02 18:56:14 (edited)
    Yes
    bill
    +4
    Freedom of religion! If someone is offended they need to seek help to try and get a life! Merry Christmas to everyone even the miserable idiots! Christmas lights
  • NarcolepticGoat 2012/12/02 18:34:16
    Yes
    NarcolepticGoat
    +3
    Sure, unless the lights and noise keep the neighborhood awake at night. A regulation restricting hours is reasonable.
  • Lee 2012/12/02 18:03:23
    Yes
    Lee
    +4
    People should be able to decorate their homes as they please. Someone's always going to be offended by anything that you do.
  • Leprachaun999 2012/12/02 17:53:08
    No
    Leprachaun999
  • Keegan The Fabulous 2012/12/02 17:25:31 (edited)
    Yes
    Keegan The Fabulous
    +1
    A display that includes depictions of a minority's extermination and torture? Of course not, but then again, most people aren't sick enough to say out of the blue while thinking about their homes' Christmas display, "I know JUST what I'll do! I'll hang a man made of Christmas lights from my tree and put a sign around his neck reading, 'I deserved this because I'm [insert minority]!' BRILLIANT!!"

    Wait a minute, I completely forgot about these guys...

    reading deserved insert minority brilliant wait minute completely forgot guys

    reading deserved insert minority brilliant wait minute completely forgot guys

    reading deserved insert minority brilliant wait minute completely forgot guys
  • MW121 2012/12/02 17:13:10
    Yes
    MW121
    +3
    unless you live in a HOA area then you must follow the rules of the HOA..

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