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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