Scrooge struck this Christmas season. But he wasn’t doing his thing in a Charles Dickens novel, he apparently is behind the homeowner’s association in Adams County, Pennsylvania.
The association told the Wivell family that they had to take down their Jesus Christmas display after one of the neighbors reported it as offensive.
From Fox News:
Mark and Lynn Wivell of Adams County, a Gettysburg subdivision, said they put up their Jesus display last Saturday, FOX43 reported.
“As part of our Christmas decoration, we would display the name Jesus to point out to everyone that we in this family believe that the reason for the season is to celebrate the birth of Jesus,” said Mark Wivell told FOX43.
Not an uncommon sentiment.
But the homeowner’s association wasn’t happy with it, claiming it was a ‘sign’ not a decoration and therefore in violation of the rules.
“After taking a look at it, it isn’t in accordance with normal Christmas decorations,” Bud Vance, the Courtyards president, wrote in a statement to the Gettysburg Times.
The Wivells insist they are following the rules.
“We have ordinances with regard to Christmas decorations, and my Christmas decorations comply with the HOA ordinances on Christmas decorations,” Wivell said.
Jesus isn’t ‘normal Christmas decorations?’ Would they have had an issue if the sign said, ‘Welcome, Santa?’
The Wivells said that they have had a lot of support from their neighbors and that if one person had an issue, that person should try to “be more tolerant.”
They also got support on social media.
"People get offended by different things, just because something offends you, doesn't mean the whole world has to change to accommodate you, I would say please be more tolerant," Wivell said.
Asking Preachers Of Tolerance to be tolerant 🙄 good luck
— brownOUT (@JHWalz32) December 23, 2017
God bless you and your family Mark and Lynn Wivell! I'm sure this Christmas will be full of special blessings! Because we know… JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!!! I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! XO https://t.co/RbyKTjaNgf
— Kimberly Giehm (@giehmiam) December 23, 2017
— Sara Noble (@indiesentinel) December 23, 2017
I may be an atheist, but BS on this kind of intolerance. People who get "offended" by a religious display on private property have WAY too much time on their hands. Mark Wivell should keep the display up until Jan 15th, when the HOA rules say he has to take it down.
— Amy Jackson (@AmyJacks_2017) December 23, 2017
The Wivells also said that they have no intention of taking the sign down until Jan. 15 when all Christmas displays in the development are required to be taken down.
Board members told FOX43 in a statement that it was “unfortunate” they were being portrayed as Scrooge.
“It is, indeed, unfortunate that our attention has been unnecessarily redirected in this manner with a suggestion that Scrooge is alive and well in our community,” the statement read. “Many of our families will be in church on Monday with their spirit diminished by this attack.”
Well, if the shoe fits.
The sign is a part of the decorations, it isn’t a huge blinking neon offensive sign, it’s a small sign right over a nativity scene, completely in keeping with the holiday.
So perhaps they can explain what makes it ‘not a normal decoration?’
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]