Feud between neighbors goes national
Sarah Henderson of Denham Springs, Louisiana has been having a feud with her neighbors. So when she put up her Christmas lights, she let them know exactly how she felt ‘flipping them the bird’ with the display on her roof. The police asked her to take them down. Marjorie Esman of the ACLU of Louisiana told KTRH the cops were wrong.
“It’s not so much whether she should have the bird on her roof. It’s about the fact that the police’s job is to protect her right to have an unpopular, dissenting view,” Esman said.
There are those that say Henderson’s Christmas display was offensive. Esman says that doesn’t really matter.
“It may well be offensive to a lot of people, but in a free country everybody has the right to unpopular opinions, and to express those opinions,” Esman explained.
Houston civil rights attorney Randall Kallinen told KTRH if Henderson wants to have that display on her roof, no one should tell her to take them down.
“You have a right to give anybody you want the bird. I’m not recommending you do it, but if you want to you can,” he explained.
Giving someone the middle finger is protected speech, according to Kallinen.
“It’s been protected speech for many decades,” Kallinen said
Henderson took the lights down and said it wasn't worth the hassle of keeping them up.