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Peace Triumphs in Colorado

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Posted on Nov 30, 2006

Three board members of a Denver area homeowners’ association were forced to resign after threatening to fine a couple for hanging a wreath in the form of a peace symbol.  The board had claimed the wreath was politically divisive and one member told a local newspaper that it might be a sign of the devil.


New York Times:

The fines have been dropped, and the three-member board of the association has resigned, according to an e-mail message sent to residents on Monday.

Two board members have disconnected their telephones, apparently to escape the waves of callers asking what the board could have been thinking, residents said. The third board member, with a working phone, did not return a call for comment.

In its original letter to the couple, Lisa Jensen and Bill Trimarco, the association said some neighbors had found the peace symbol politically “divisive.”

A board member later told a newspaper that he thought the familiar circle with angled lines was also, perhaps, a sign of the devil.

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By Robert, December 1, 2006 at 5:11 am Link to this comment
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Pagosa Springs is a cool little town in South West Colorado.  It is home to Elk, Mountain Lions, and the Southern Ute Indian tribe is very close.  Which is one of the richest tribes in the US.  The funniest part of a lot of those little “suburbs” are the covenants.  Basically, um like fundamental retirees move there and mix in with the liberal locals.  I have seen some of the retired lawyers bicker over sheep for eternity.  Its quiet funny!

Well anyways, I enjoy RAW Robert Anton Wilson’s cool analogies in The Illuminatus Trilogy.  He offers a theory of the peace symbol as a upside down broken cross, or also some bizarre Atlantean symbol.  In Japan I saw the coolest hat the other day with a skull and peace symbol blended together on some goth girl it was sick lol.

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By Ddavr, December 1, 2006 at 12:23 am Link to this comment
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Six months ago the board members would have gotten away with fining the peaceniks.

So that’s what the Republican party is all about…always.

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By slb, November 30, 2006 at 12:20 pm Link to this comment
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This occured in an area outside of Pagosa Springs, CO—not a suburb of Denver.  It is located in the SW part of the state.  The city of Pagosa Springs in reaction to the “controversy” put up their own “peace wreath” yesterday.

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By common sense, November 30, 2006 at 11:24 am Link to this comment
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the beatles are still giving bullies disturbing boners. peace symbols scare bullies, because it reminds them they screwed up this incarnation with their evil selfishness ( and spiritual rapes ).
you lose, fundies. we all hate what you do.

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By Donovan, November 30, 2006 at 9:04 am Link to this comment
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Everyone who hears about this story should display a Peace symbol of their own.

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By WCG, November 30, 2006 at 7:03 am Link to this comment
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This is pretty funny, especially the part about the peace symbol being a sign of the devil. But what’s really frightening is that this board member didn’t know we have freedom of religion in this country. Even if the symbol HAD been a sign of the devil - ESPECIALLY if it had been a sign of the devil - that was none of their business.

You really wonder about people. How could Americans - adults and, apparently, not obvious mental defectives - have so little knowledge about our country and our heritage?

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