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.