An Idaho man refused to take down Christmas displays, citing religious liberty.
The West Hayden Estates First Addition Homeowners Association urged Jeremy Morris to remove his Christmas displays from his property, claiming it would be insensitive to residents of different beliefs, noted Todd Starnes on his Fox News blog.
“I am somewhat hesitant in bringing up the fact that some of our residents are non-Christians or of another faith and I don’t even want to think of the problems that could bring up,” a letter from the homeowners association to Morris read.
Morris' Christmas decorations include thousands of lights, a 22-voice choir, a camel and a baby Jesus.
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In a letter on Oct. 26, attorney Scott Poorman demanded Morris and his wife take the displays down or face a lawsuit. Poorman added the noise and lights would be troublesome.
“Your event will be offensive to the senses and will interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of your neighbors’ private property rights,” Poorman wrote. “Your planned event will be a nuisance to the entire neighborhood.”
Poorman also noted the camel cannot be on allowed on the property because "it is not an ordinary house pet."
Morris told Starnes he has no intention on removing any of his displays.
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"Their real agenda is to attack Christians,” he said. “This is about hostility towards people of faith. I have certain religious beliefs that I hold dear to my heart. We wanted to help people in the community and promote Christmas as the Christian holiday it’s always been.”
The HOA did not return Starnes' calls for comments.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the First Amendment protects the right of Americans to erect religious expressions on their own private property. The ACLU added there are certain conditions in which religious displays are allowed on public property.