Denham Springs Woman Gives Christmas And Her Neighbors, The “Middle-Finger” [VIDEO]
Not everybody is in the Christmas spirit, especially a Denham Springs, Louisiana woman. Apparently, she wants the let everyone know she thinks the Christmas holiday is well, "Number 1."
As you can imagine, her neighbors weren't happy about her use of "freedom of expression" when they seen her wonderful light display. However, her art work did capture her some national attention and a visit from the police.
Sarah Henderson got a visit from local law enforcement after her neighbors complained that they were offended by her Christmas lights display. Turns out, Mrs. Henderson intentionally fashioned the lights on her roof "flipping the bird" as a direct message to her neighbors, of whom she obviously doesn't care for.
Denham Springs Police Corporal Shawn Perkins told WWL First News, "It was a message to an ongoing dispute she was having with other homeowners on that same street." Perkins says he had to let Mrs. Henderson know that her little display was in violation of the cities obscenity laws and that she needed to take them down, or she was going downtown. With that, Corporal Perkins was happy to say "She agreed that it wasn't worth the possible hassle of fines and legal action."
All seemed as if things would simmer down, that is until the ACLU of Louisiana got involved. The Executive Director Marjorie Esman said, "The First Amendment expressly, explicitly, makes clear that even things like the raised middle finger are protected speech." Mrs. Esman didn't stop there, she even wrote a open letter to the Denham Springs Police Department in full support of Mrs. Henderson's "middle finger" stating:
"The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeal, which presides over Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi, has specifically commented on the protected expressive nature of a middle finger extended in defiance or protest: “The thumbed nose, the projected middle finger, the Bronx cheer, the grimace and the smile are all conduct intended to convey a message that is sometimes made even more expressive by its bold freedom from a garb of words.” Davis v. Williams."
In spite of all the support, Mrs. Henderson hasn't put her display back-up. In the meantime when First News asked Denham Springs Police Chief Scott Jones what his plans would be if she did, he said simply "Well, I'll approach that when and if it happens."
Happy holidays everybody!