Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Homeowners Association Won't Allow Blinking Or Colored Holiday Lights

Homeowners Association Won't Allow Blinking Or Colored Holiday Lights
The dispute is happening right now in Doylestown around Avalon Court and Rolling Hill Boulevard.

Jennifer Brown's development, Doylestown Station, bans colored lights and even blinking lights. That's why she started a petition with the minimum 62 signatures the homeowner's association requires to even discuss the issue.

Every year you can count on some association around the nation putting on its Grinch outfit and trying to steal Christmas. Thanks to Shu for the link.


Anonymous said...

Just wait to see what the "community association industry" does in Texas. A bill that was supposed to essentially prevent religious discrimination in condominiums (prohibit condo agents from threatening condo owners over mezuzahs and prohibiting condo agents from removing them). In particular, the bill was to prevent "associations" from removing such religious displays or prohibiting such displays if the display was confined to the door or doorframe of the unit owner.

This has been turned into a horrific statute that is not limited to condos. Now the boards and managing agents are purportedly authorized by statute to remove any religious display that is greater than 25 square inches (about the size of 1/4 sheet of letter size paper) or is located somewhere besides the door.

Just wait to hear about HOAs in Texas trespassing onto owners property under the pretext of "ensuring compliance with restrictive covenants" and then removing non-religious displays regardless of where located or religious displays (e.g., nativity scene) that are larger than 25 sq inches or located somewhere besides the doorway (e.g., yard)

So now what you have is a bill that protects a specific religious display while purportedly empowering HOAs (and their agents) that never had any such authority to trespass, remove Rudolph, Santa, Frosty, nativity scenes, etc. - or to threaten you with fines if you don't remove when they demand it. Check it out.

The new law is from HB 1278, 82nd legislative session:

HB 1278

Anonymous said...

The War on Christmas is an annual staple of fodder for the folks at Fox News Channel:

"I think it's all part of the secular progressive get Christianity and spirituality out of the public square," O'Reilly said on Nov. 18, 2005. "Because if you look at what happened in Western Europe and Canada, if you can get religion out, then you can pass secular progressive programs like legalization of narcotics, euthanasia, abortion at will, gay marriage." In an interview with National Review, Gibson lay blame for the phenomenon at the feet of the American Civil Liberties Union: "Generally there is an ACLU component to the Christmas controversy."

The Amazon description for John Gibson's (Fox News Channel) book "The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought"

John Gibson, a popular anchor for the Fox News Channel, has been digging up evidence about the liberal activists, lawyers, politicians, educators, and media people who are leading the war on Christmas. And he reveals that the situation is worse than you can imagine. For instance:
• In Illinois, state government workers were forbidden from saying the words “Merry Christmas” while at work
• In Rhode Island, local officials banned Christians from participating in a public project to decorate the lawn of City Hall
• A New Jersey school banned even instrumental versions of traditional Christmas carols
• Arizona school officials ruled it unconstitutional for a student to make any reference to the religious history of Christmas in a class project

Millions of Americans are starting to fight back against the secularist forces and against local officials who would rather surrender than be seen as politically incorrect.

Does Fox News Channel -- the national cable channel, not local Fox affiliates -- report about the HOAs' War On Christmas (and HOAs' war on freedom in general)? Or does conservative media suppress stories about HOAs, because exposing the activities of private corporate governments would undermine the reporters' ideological narrative i.e., "Here's what really happens when conservative and libertarian beliefs about unregulated private corporations and documents-called-contracts are put in to practice..."

Anonymous said...

As it states... only 38 people out of 200 homes even voted in the poll that the HOA sent out. If this was really an issue then do you think MORE people would have voted in the poll. If you didnt vote you dont have a voice is my motto. I can see BOTH sides but come on. What a waste to go on over lights. Let the people put up lights... big deal.. or accept the fact that you moved into an HOA and stop fighting. This development has much more than lights to make a fuss over.