Allah Loves You, but Not Your Lawn Sign

‘Bomb Making Next Driveway’ Posted Next to Mosque

So this guy is pissed off that this Mosque is built too close to his property, and its bright lights violate city code. The city denies this. He wants the Mosque to build a 6 ft. fence between his property and theirs.

Because he feels he is getting nowhere fast with the city, he puts up this charming lawn sign on his property. Naturally, the Muslims in his community are completely offended. The police won’t do anything about it because his sign isn’t illegal. The Town Supervisor Dr. Barry Weinstein said the sign is “inappropriate.” However, he added, “it’s the same free speech that we all hold so dearly.”

I totally agree. He sounds like that jackass neighbor most of us have encountered. Still, that detestable lawn sign is covered by the First Amendment. In one forum, I was referred to as the “1st Amendment Absolutist.” One person believes that the sign will incite violence and isn’t protected. I don’t know about that. The police and town supervisor’s got his back. It’s not like the lawn sign says, “Muslims should be rounded up and shot. Let’s start next door.” I think it’s still covered. While it sucks to do so, I’ll defend his right to be an ignorant, insensitive jackass.

He picked a loathsome way to get his fence request noticed. Fighting the city can be frustrating as hell, but you don’t have to offend followers of a religion that has upwards of 1.5 billion devotees to get your point across. The leaders of the mosque want to meet with him, but he hasn’t responded. Message to the Jackass: Dude, go meet with them! If you apologize profusely, preferably to the media, and burn the sign, they may be willing to build the fence.


22 responses to “Allah Loves You, but Not Your Lawn Sign

  • lobotero

    Dickheads will always be dickheads

  • Terrance H.

    Psssh. Spinny, please.

    You haven’t seen NOTHING yet. Before I moved, I lived near this far, far, far right-wing psycho who, literally, made a mock-up of Sadaam out of straw and some other items, clothed it, then tied a noose around its neck and hung it from his porch.

    The black neighbors across the street from him were sporting Kerry/Edwards signs, so he put up a huge – HUGE – Bush/Cheney sign, fixed with a racial epithet for intimidation, in his front yard, directly across the street from the black family.

    His entire house was painted red, white, and blue. He had military signs and symbols etched on every side of his house. WMD signs. You name it. The guy was GONE – TOTALLY.

    Completely insane. He makes the guy in your little story seem like Mr. Rogers, in my view. I mean, you have to have seen his house. UNREAL.

    • Spinny Liberal

      Yikes. Your neighbor sounds like he went off the deep end long ago. Red, white and blue? I sure as hell wouldn’t want be living anywhere near that guy. I’m curious about what the house looks like though. Haha.

      I think this guy was super frustrated and picked the dumbest way to get attention.

      • Terrance H.

        The next time I get out that way I’ll take a picture of it. I was around there a few months ago and he was still there.

      • Spinny Liberal

        Good! It aroused my curiosity. It’s not like the house looks like an American flag (with stripes and stars), right? Or is it just the colors?

      • Terrance H.

        It’s just the colors. But I mentioned that to sorta show you the mindset of the dude. I mean, extremely patriotic, or so he thinks. He’s absolutely nuts. I’ll get the pick and you can see for yourself. The dude is nuts.

        But the funniest thing is the military symbols etched all over the house.

      • Spinny Liberal

        Now, I have to see the symbols. Haha 🙂

  • Snoring Dog Studio

    The city code appears to be ambiguous regarding bright lights. It’s too bad that people can’t work something out before crazy ensues. I tell you, frustration and the sense of powerlessness drive people to do the most idiotic and hateful things. And he won’t meet with them? Can’t the city mediate a meeting?

    Terrance, that situation you experienced sounds awful. I once lived near a guy who put a sign in his front yard depicting a squirrel in a circle with a red line through it. Haters hate. Can squirrels read?

    • Spinny Liberal

      ITA – it’s the frustration that sent him off the deep end. A mediated meeting with the city sounds like a great idea. I’m sure they’re not too thrilled with the negative attention their city has received.

  • lbwoodgate

    I’m not sure I agree with the 1st amendment applying in this case. I think this is a perfect example of the “clear and present danger” clause in the 1919 Schenck vs. U.S. case where Oliver Wendell Homes said the defendant’s constitutional rights could be abridged.

    The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic. […] The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent.

    In light of the obvious fact that there is much hostility among some who have anti-Muslim feelings, this sign could easily prompt a nut ball to kill or harm someone who falsely suspected it was a terrorist “bomb making” place.

    • Spinny Liberal

      Hmm lb. I think I see what you’re saying with regards to the anti-Muslim sentiment. I think it’s a bit of a stretch that a sign like that would cause a nutjob to kill them based on the belief they are making bombs. But, stranger things have happened, so I don’t know.

    • Terrance H.

      Woodgate,

      No offense, but some of the rhetoric I see on your blog could cause someone to go out and kill people. The same goes for some of the rhetoric I use. It depends on the person reading it.

      Shouting “Fire” in a crowded theater will quite obviously illicit a panicked response, oftentimes with a negative outcome. The same cannot be said for the sign.

  • dcmartin

    What about slander/libel? Nutball has opened himself up to a nice civil suit.

    That ex”neighbor” of yours sounds just delightful, Terrence. 😦
    Did the guy have any family to try to keep him in check, or was he just a lone crazy guy making the neighborhood uncomfortable?
    Sad.

    • Spinny Liberal

      The slander/libel was brought up. It’s a good point. He definitely opened himself up. I think he had the right to be a douche, but he should know that there could be some serious consequences.

    • Terrance H.

      Dc,

      I never saw anyone but him. So, I don’t know if he had a girlfriend, an ex-wife, or what. He is probably in his late 60s now, I would guess. I never spoke to him – for obvious reasons.

  • beaglezmom

    I agree with you, Spinny. In this country we have the right to be as stupid and bigoted as we want to be. Everything is wrong with the sign – except the fact its his property and he has the right to put up a jerky sign.

    And, if he were really committed to separating himself from the Mosque — he would put the fence up himself. I mean, he seems to have wood and paint for a sign – take it down and start a fence. Step up, jerky dude – Don’t expect others to pay for your separatist ways.

    • Spinny Liberal

      Yeah it’s his property, and it doesn’t say something like “kill them over there,” so his a-holeishness is covered unfortunately.

      Good point on building the fence!!! I would just build the dang thing. If he wanted to, he could send the mosque the bill for half. He can fight for that money while enjoying his fence.

  • afrankangle

    Everyone has the right to be stupid, as long as the take the consequences that go with it. It would seem that his sign follows the same 1st Amendment perspective was the Westboro folks.

  • amillionblogs

    i have so many posts of yours to catch up on!!

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