Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Hang 'Em High - Maybe Not - Down With Realism
Hanging-man Halloween display draws complaints
Oct 31 2011
DUBLIN, Ohio — An Ohio homeowner has moved a Halloween decoration of a hanging man because police said some busybodies found it too realistic and spooky. These were adults who were afraid of Halloween decoration.
Officers in the Columbus suburb of Dublin said they received five complaints about the 6-foot figure hanging in a tree close to a road. Police told WSYX-TV ( http://bit.ly/vGZmY3) that people found the display disturbing and feared it could cause a traffic accident.
No one could remember any instance of a traffic accident by a simulated man hanging on Holloween, however.
The homeowner, who asked not to be identified, tells the station that Halloween should be creepy and that his decoration was "all in good fun."
But he moved it to a tree closer to his house and away from the street. Where it used to hang, he has placed a sign that says: "less realistic decoration."
The cops were completely out of line in harassing this man and violating his First Amendment rights because some of his neighbors objected. What if he had put up a display of JESUS hanging on a cross?