“God Bless America”

Could this type of shit happen anywhere else? And could it happen in America under any other administration?

A homeowners association in the southwestern Colorado town of Pagosa Springs has told one of its residents to take down a Christmas wreath shaped as a peace sign, because it’s “divisive.”

The association’s president says three or four residents have complained the wreath is an anti-Iraq war protest or a symbol of Satan. He says some of those complaining have children serving in Iraq. The association has threatened Lisa Jensen with a fine of 25-dollars a day until she complies.

Jensen says she wasn’t thinking about the war when she hung the wreath, calling it “a spiritual thing.” She says she doesn’t want to be bullied and won’t take it down until after Christmas. Jensen says she doubts the association will be able to make her pay the fine.

What would Jesus do? Would Jesus see the wreath shaped as a peace sign as a symbol of satan? Would he sentence the woman to eternal damnation? And finally, why are so many Americans determined to make us appear to the outside world like true jackasses?

The Discussion: 11 Comments

Peace sign, pentagram, same difference…

November 27, 2006 @ 3:54 pm | Comment

What would Jesus do with a Pagan Christmas wreath?

First of all, Jesus would have a good laugh. And then he would explain to those morons, that the Christmas wreath is a Christianised version of an ancient Pagan symbol. And then he would tell them it’s cool to use pagan symbols to celebrate his birthday, but please don’t be assholes about it.

And then Jesus would tell them (just as he said nearly 2,000 years ago):

“I bring you peace! My peace I give to you.”

And he would say:

“My Kingdom is not of this world – so, as far as any nation’s politics goes, none of your political divisions have anything to do with Me.”

And then, I think, Jesus would say,

“WHERE’S THE PARTY? Wine, where’s the WINE?
Whoever turned those wreaths into Peace-Signs, I wanna PARTY with YOU!”

Jesus first recorded miracle (in the Gospels, anyway) was turning water into wine at a party.
And we Catholics believe that Jesus literally, materially, turned himself into wine!

Jesus is the ULTIMATE party animal! Or at any rate, Jesus was the enemy of puritanical assholes who had no imagination and no sense of humour.

Evil has no sense of humour, no sense of play, no imagination. If (as I beleive) Jesus is the conqueror of Evil, then Jesus is the enemy of all overly serious puritanical assholes.

I think, if Jesus lived today, he would just LOVE South Park, because South Park rips apart the hypocritical Pharisees of today.

November 27, 2006 @ 4:00 pm | Comment

“WHERE’S THE PARTY? Wine, where’s the WINE?

Jesus wouldn’t say that, duh. He’d just turn the wreaths into wine, and then make everyone feel awkward when he gets a little tipsy and starts running around yelling, gdude, Ifm drinking my own blood, isnft that crazy?!h

November 27, 2006 @ 5:57 pm | Comment

“WHERE’S THE PARTY? Wine, where’s the WINE?

Jesus wouldn’t say that, duh. He’d just turn the wreaths into wine, and then make everyone feel awkward when he gets a little tipsy and starts running around yelling, �gdude, I�fm drinking my own blood, isn�ft that crazy?!�h

November 27, 2006 @ 5:58 pm | Comment

Three or four =”so Many”?

November 27, 2006 @ 10:11 pm | Comment

(Psst, bert – “so many” was a general statement referring to others beyond this specific article …)

(PS: are you a non-native speaker, or was that really lost on you? Just curious …)

November 27, 2006 @ 10:35 pm | Comment

He might say, “where’s the cake?”

November 27, 2006 @ 11:00 pm | Comment

“…under any other administration.” I must have missed the part where Homeland Security was involved. Seriously, bringing in Bush is a cheap shot – unless you are also going to blame Clinton, Bush I, Reagan, Carter, et al for all the stupid things done by various homeowners/condo associations.

This was massively stupid and will undoubtedly result in much deserved ridicule.

Ivan, a not so minor point: Catholics do not believe Jesus turned himself into wine. We believe that he turned the wine into his blood. “Take this and drink for this is my blood. The blood of the everlasting covenent.” One of the great theological debates within the Church is whether Jesus literally transformed the bread and wine into body and blood. Definite overtones of ritualistic cannabalism and vampirism.

Other than that Ivan, I would have to heartedly agree with your speculation about what Jesus would say or do. He seemed to have a genuine fondness for the company of sinners – you and I may have special place in his heart after all.

December 1, 2006 @ 4:31 am | Comment

Go, I was referring to the nation’s mentality in the Age of bush – the President didn’t cdirectly cause this incident, but I do blame the divisive mentaity that he nurtured, where there are friends and enemies, with us or against us. People who were against the war were labeled “weasels.” That’s the Bush mentality, and that’s what I see here.

December 1, 2006 @ 8:17 am | Comment

But then Ms. Jensen got what she bargained for. Surely she was aware that the Association has the right to take down whatever decor she decides to put on? Surely that fact itself is reflected in the amount of money she paid for the house? What, are we no longer respecting the freedom of contract?

December 2, 2006 @ 5:01 am | Comment

She won, didn’t you hear? Did you also read how some claimed it was a sign of satan?

December 2, 2006 @ 10:21 am | Comment

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