After causing a tremendous furor, a housing community in Denver, Colorado has decided against fining one of its residents for posting a "peace wreath" outside her home. Many of her neighbors, some who have family members serving in one of our military conflicts overseas, complained that they were offended by that particular holiday decoration.
Still others thought the wreath was "Satanic," as some people believe the peace symbol is really a broken crucifix.
I'm going to put aside the aforementioned community's deed restrictions regarding signage for a moment to make a few points:
*A key message of Christmas is and has always been "Peace on Earth." Look at your Christmas cards, you twits.
*Military families have historically missed this subtlety of the peace message - that peace means their loved ones would come home and be out of harm's way. If they were really thinking, those who wholeheartedly support the military would be the biggest peace activists of all. Instead, they often deride peaceniks.
*Far too many concessions are given to the "offended." "Offenders" have rights, too. The presumption is automatically made that if anyone is offended, their rights somehow supersede those of the offending party. But, as we all know, "offensive" is highly subjective. The easily offended could stand to suck it up for the sake of fairness; instead, they act selfishly, as in Colorado.
*Satanism is a belief system that's followed by many. Therefore, posting an inverted, encircled pentagram (unlike the above, it's an actual Satanic symbol) on one's door should be as permissible in a community as creating a manger scene on a lawn at Christmas.
Deed restrictions, or covenants (which sounds like some creepy Mormon practice) would make a great blog topic of their own, and perhaps I'll do one sometime. Suffice it to say, unless you're raising goats in your yard, or your kids are running a mushroom tea stand, I think your Nazi neighbors should basically leave you alone.
More important to me, though, is the issue this wreath controversy brings up with regard to determining how the "offensive" should be handled. I see a spin-off post coming very soon...