HOA demands of the family ‘Jesus’ character will be deleted
Family fight back and keep their Christmas display in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania family was ordered by their homeowner’s association to take down their Jesus ‘ Christmas display after one of the neighbors reported it as offensive.
Mark and Lynn Wivell of Adams County, Gettysburg subdivision, said they their Jesus display last Saturday, FOX43 reported.
“As part of our christmas decorations, we would display the name of Jesus to point out to everyone that we in this family are of the opinion that the reason of the season to celebrate the birth of Jesus,” says Mark Wivell told FOX43.
But the homeowner’s association was not having it.
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On Sunday, the association told the family to take down the sign after a neighbor complained it was offensive. The homeowner’s association also claimed that the screen was a character, not a decoration – and that is a violation of the rules, USA Today reported.
“After taking a closer look, it is not in accordance with the 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 the regulations with regard to Christmas decorations, and my christmas decorations comply with the HOA regulations on christmas decorations,” Wivell said.
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The Wivells said that many others supported their right to display the sign.
“When this happened, we were really shocked,” Lynn Wivell said. “We have received great support from our neighbors here on the Left and that just makes us feel so good.”
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The family said they have no plans to sign until January 15, when the association requires that all displays are closed. Family members said they are not sure which neighbor was offended.
“People are offended by different things, but it is not because something offends you does not mean that the whole world should change to suit you, so I would say be more tolerant,” Mark Wivell said.
Members of the council, told FOX43 in a statement that it is “a pity” that they were depicted as Scrooge.
“It is indeed a pity that our attention is unnecessarily forwarded in this way, with a suggestion that Scrooge is alive and well in our community,” the statement read. “Many of our families will be in the church on Monday with their spirit diminished by this attack.”