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    HOA opposed family's Christmas display because it might offend atheists, attract Walmart 'riff

    HOA opposed family's Christmas display because it might offend atheists, attract Walmart 'riff-raff'

    By Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post Reporter


    The Morris family puts on an elaborate Christmas display and celebration at their home in Idaho. | Screenshot: KREM2

    An Idaho family that won a four-year legal challenge against its neighborhood over its elaborate Christmas decoration was targeted because of their faith, details from the trial revealed.

    A North Idaho jury awarded Jeremy and Kristy Morris $75,000 in their lawsuit against the West Hayden States First Addition Homeowners Association at the U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene. The HOA engaged in religious discrimination, violating the federal Fair Housing Act, the jury ruled.

    Details that emerged during the trial, which took place late October, have highlighted the extent of the religious discrimination the family faced.

    The Morris family is known for putting on extravagant, five-day Christmas celebrations, consisting of bright lights, hymns, decorations, live music, animals and actors who perform the Nativity.

    The couple, who pay for the entire presentation themselves, have said that theirs is a message of faith. With free food and drinks, the show attracts thousands of visitors each year and raises money for local charities, including for children battling cancer.

    Jeremy Morris told the Couer d'Alene Press that the trouble began after the family decided to move to a new home in Idaho in 2015. The family had been open about their intention to continue with their big Christmas celebrations —which he called his "ministry" to the public — but received a letter from the HOA board that cited neighborhood rules about lighting, traffic, sound. The letter also addressed religion:

    "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 … we do not wish to become entwined in any expensive litigation to enforce long-standing rules and regulations and fill our neighborhood with the hundreds of people and possible undesirables.”

    The Couer d'Alene Press obtained an earlier draft of the letter that was discovered during the trial, which contained more anti-religious undertones.

    That particular draft read: "I am somewhat hesitant to bring up the fact that some of our residents are avowed atheists and I don’t even want to think of the problems that could bring up … we do not wish to become entwined in any expensive litigation to enforce long-standing rules and regulations and fill our neighborhood with the riff-raff you seemed to attract over by WalMart … Grouse Meadows indeed!!! We don’t allow ‘those kind’ in our neighborhood.”

    The letter was written by a number of people on the HOA board, Morris said. The father-of-three, who is a lawyer, proceeded with the lawsuit on the grounds that the family's religious freedom rights were being obstructed.

    A neighbor, Angie Cox, had also testified, according to Couer d'Alene Press, that when she asked Jennifer Scott, who was heading the HOA, whether the matter was really about the Morris family breaking rules or not wanting the family in the neighborhood, Scott responded, "We just don’t want him here."

    Spokesman-Review columnist Shawn Vestal criticized the family and "Christians picking fights over imagined minor slights." He argued, "Morris’ victimhood was planned and plotted, right down to his intentions to call in air strikes from the conservative media’s grievance machine."

    The Morrises, who have been harassed, have insisted that their purpose is to live out their faith, however, and following their lawsuit victory, said that they could consider living in another HOA neighborhood.

    “Our family will live wherever we want to live to spread the message of Jesus Christ and the birth of our savior,” Morris said. “We’re looking forward. We’re positive. We’re excited.”

    HOA, which filed counterclaims in the case, said through attorney Peter Smith that it is looking forward "to seeing the final result once this case works its way through the court system.”
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    Pretty nice lights .
    Do something Danke

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    He just needs a cousin Eddie like Clark Griswold has.
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    Offending atheists does not even make sense . Who cares ? If they did not believe why would they be offended ? Its made up bull$#@! like Jumbo Shrimp . the tooth fairy and Federal Reserve Notes . A real atheist could care less .
    Do something Danke

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    Quote Originally Posted by oyarde View Post
    Offending atheists does not even make sense . Who cares ? If they did not believe why would they be offended ? Its made up bull$#@! like Jumbo Shrimp . the tooth fairy and Federal Reserve Notes . A real atheist could care less .
    Their first mistake is living in an HOA to begin with.

    We rented an condo in Palm Beach, one year, and we decorated our front porch and door with lights and a Christmas wreath (it was pretty generic). The next day I came home from work and there was a letter tapped to our door saying; "it was against HOA rules, since it offended other religions in the community." That was my first and last experience with living in an HOA-- we moved shortly after that.
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    Well those atheists need to stop having a bloody vagina. I thought atheists were supposed to be tough and believed in their convictions. These atheists appear to be a bunch of pussies.
    Last edited by Anti Globalist; 12-06-2018 at 07:43 PM.
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    Stories like this make me wonder why atheists even care. If they don’t believe there is a God, why does it matter if their neighbors do?
    "There are two freedoms - the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought."~~Charles Kingsley

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    Meanwhile all the agnostics continue to go on with their lives as if nothing happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Globalist View Post
    Well those atheists need to stop having a bloody vagina. I thought atheists were supposed to be tough and believed in their convictions. These atheists appear to be a bunch of pussies.
    Hey, that is extremely offensive.. sandy vagina, please....
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    That's a pretty light display.
    I want free cotton candy and hot chocolate.
    *becoming mesmerized*

    WAIT! SNAP OUT OF IT!
    Now, I'm suddenly suspicious and paranoid of these people.
    They're luring me in. They're probably psychotic.
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