Monday, November 27, 2006

This was banned in Denver neighborhood

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27)

It is Christmas Season.

Everywhere we see signs and proclamations of "Peace on Earth." In Church we shake hands and say "Peace Be With You." The priest says "peace be with you" and we say "and also with you."

Christmas cards feature the dove, and various peace symbols messages.

Jesus is referred to as the "Prince of Peace." The lights and signs hang in our town squares and on our light poles and simply say "peace."

"Hark The Herald Angel Sings" starts out:

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Glory to the newborn King,
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconcile.
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
join the triumph of the skies;

I googled the words "peace and Christ" and it returned 6,200,000 results.

I googled the words "peace and Jesus" and it returned 17,500,000 results.

Yet the hypocrisy, self-interest, lies and abominations of those in the middle of this rapidly decaying land and empire never cease to amaze and disgust me.

Woman faces fines for wreath peace sign By ROBERT WELLER, Associated Press Writer
Sun Nov 26, 11:13 PM ET

DENVER - A homeowners association in southwestern Colorado has threatened to fine a resident $25 a day until she removes a Christmas wreath with a peace sign that some say is an anti-Iraq war protest or a symbol of Satan.

Some residents who have complained have children serving in Iraq, said Bob Kearns, president of the Loma Linda Homeowners Association in Pagosa Springs. He said some residents have also believed it was a symbol of Satan. Three or four residents complained, he said.

"Somebody could put up signs that say drop bombs on Iraq. If you let one go up you have to let them all go up," he said in a telephone interview Sunday.

Lisa Jensen said she wasn't thinking of the war when she hung the wreath. She said, "Peace is way bigger than not being at war. This is a spiritual thing."

Jensen, a past association president, calculates the fines will cost her about $1,000, and doubts they will be able to make her pay. But she said she's not going to take it down until after Christmas.

"Now that it has come to this I feel I can't get bullied," she said. "What if they don't like my Santa Claus."

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 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.

Free Speech? Nah, can't have that.

Imagine that, a Christian woman displaying her desire for peace? Imagine a Christian woman who may be against war. Imagine a Christian woman who has been told her whole life that Christ is the Prince of Peace and this is the season of peace, hanging a peace sign wreath.

Imagine that same thing is thought by some to be a sign of Satan. Imagine why I don't like or trust most Americans anymore.