A Pennsylvania homeowner’s association ordered a family to remove their Jesus Christmas display because one of their neighbors found it to be offensive. According to Mark and Lynn Wivell, after their Jesus display went up last Saturday, the association told them to take it down.
“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, of Adams County, told FOX43.
On Sunday, the Courtyards HOA board said the family would have to remove the display, calling it a sign and not a decoration.
The HOA told them Sunday a neighbor found their Jesus sign offensive, and a day later said signage like this was not allowed.
But the Wivells contend that it’s not a sign, rather a Christmas decoration.
“We have ordinances with regard to Christmas decorations, and my Christmas decorations comply with the HOA ordinances on Christmas decorations,” Wivell said.
Bud Vance, the Courtyard president, wrote in a statement to the Gettysburg Times: “After taking a look at it, it isn’t in accordance with normal Christmas decorations,”
The Wivells say that despite the decision, they plan to keep their decorations up, including the Jesus display, until Jan 15, when all decorations must be removed anyway. Lynn Wivell says they have plenty of support for their stance.
“When this happened, we were really shocked,” Lynn Wivell said. “We have gotten tremendous support from our neighbors here … that just makes us feel so good.”
“People get offended by different things, but just because something offends you, doesn’t mean the whole world has to change to accommodate you, so I would say please be more tolerant,” Mark Wivell said.
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