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Didn’t This Guy Die In 1945?

Another reason not to buy in a “planned community:” Peace on earth? Not in our subdivision!

Some residents who have complained have children serving in Iraq, said Bob Kearns, president of the Loma Linda Homeowners Association in Pagosa Springs [Colorado].

He said some residents believed the wreath was a symbol of Satan. Three or four residents complained, he said.

… [snip]

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 the 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 [Lisa] 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.

With 200 homes there are probably more than 400 residents, so the alleged complaints of probably 1% or less of the residents started this problem. There are too many instances of “some” in this narrative. There are no complainants named and no real facts associated with complaints, just vague accusations. The fact that the committee tasked with reviewing such things didn’t find a problem and were fired tends to make me believe that Mr. Kearns is the only one with a problem.

Someone is obviously on a power trip that could end in a courtroom, and could cost the Loma Linda Homeowners Association a lot of money.

The “peace sign” is actually the logo of the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. It was designed in 1958 by Gerald Holtom, a professional designer and artist, based on combining the semaphore signals for the letters N & D, and putting them in a circle.

Maybe things have changed, but when I was flying out of Britain the CND demonstrations had a lot of people in religious garb, so I would like to hear why someone thinks the logo is associated Satan.


1 Alice { 11.27.06 at 9:48 pm }

Lately it seems that more and more ‘religious’ people are just itching to start fights and looking for grievances where none exist. Maybe it’s always been this way, but since Bush the Younger came into office it seems their tirades are getting a more public forum and accorded more notice than they deserve. Personally, I preferred the days when religion was a private matter between you and your god. This latest trend of loudly waving the flag of your religion is about as non-religious as one can get.

2 Bryan { 11.27.06 at 10:58 pm }

It seems to be that someone rather important in Christian history recommended praying in private, rather than in public like a hypocrite. I think he was a carpenter and rabbi a couple of thousand years ago.

3 Alice { 11.27.06 at 11:22 pm }

Oh you’re thinking of Mary’s boy. He was a good kid with a crazy theory about zero sum not being the best outcome for humanity.

4 jamsodonnell { 11.28.06 at 5:00 am }

The Peace symbol a sign of Satan??? What a bunnch of £$%^& %(%($ $$(%*^ idiots!

Thinking about what christ did to the money changers at the temple, I wonder what he would do to televangelists? Not that I get to see that sort of thing on tv here.. They are baned on British tv.

5 Bryan { 11.28.06 at 9:57 am }

That’s the one, Alice, the early socialist.

You don’t let them on TV, Jams, and they build sanctuaries in this country to be TV studios. I noticed you have ties to the CND, so you’re probably part of the conspiracy to prevent governments from blowing up the world.

6 Steve Bates { 11.28.06 at 11:34 am }

There’s real irony here. “Satan” is a Christian construct. It’s absurd to claim that those of us in other religions would do anything to promote the aspect of Christianity many of us find most offensive.

But in this case, the “objectionable” object… yes, I’ve seen pictures… is a Christmas decoration with a peace theme. Does Kearns also propose to ban the singing of Christmas carols that contain the words “peace on Earth” within the subdivision?

There’s nothing political about peace; even GeeDubya claims to want it, and I hope he finds it soon. Maybe an early retirement to the Crawford ranch would help him.

7 Karen { 11.28.06 at 11:47 am }

As the Pres of our 700+ homeowner association…I’d want to get RID of member like that pres (and we can’t Fire our members….we are all homeowners who get elected by our respective neighborhoods.) Plus…If that were me being treated that way for putting up a decoration on my own property during the holiday season – I’d see a lawsuit to prevent them from infringing on MY rights as a homeowner.

8 Bryan { 11.28.06 at 12:17 pm }

Steve, that is the great irony – you can’t be a Satanist unless you have embraced the Bible, because Satan is from the Bible. Although I will concede that “Christmas” trees and wreathes were “borrowed” from the Teutons and Celts, and are not actually Christian.

Karen, the worst case would be to prove it was a religious symbol – that would bring in the Feds.

9 cat daddy and dr squeeky { 11.28.06 at 6:16 pm }

Does that mean I have to hide my statute of Huitzilopochtli? how about Cuatlihuec

10 Bryan { 11.28.06 at 7:35 pm }

Welcome back, CD, and they are religious icons, so giving you any grief invokes the Federal laws. I can assure you that people don’t want to look too closely at the customs surrounding the fir tree on the winter solstice, or what it was decorated with to ensure the sun would return.

Huitzilopochtli, I have heard of, as one of the war gods and main god of the Aztec, as well as the hummingbird association [hummingbirds stop here on their way to and from Mexico], but I’m not familiar with Cuatlihuec. [I have an an archaeology company as an occasional client, and the principle investigators are Meso-American specialists.]

11 cat daddy and dr squeeky { 11.29.06 at 6:30 pm }

Ooops, spelling error, it should be COATLICUE, the Aztec the mother of all Gods. I guess I must brush up on my Aztec mythology before going around writing comments about them… can’t be good karma…

12 Bryan { 11.29.06 at 8:49 pm }

No sweat, you’ve never heard of Perun [Перун], the Slavic god of defense. They didn’t have a god of war, that would have caused too much trouble. His symbol was what people generally call the Greek cross or plus sign. Most of his few temples were converted to Christian use.

I’m in favor of every god or goddess that doesn’t advocate parking on my lawn for services.