This out of the Winter Wonderlands:
“This undated [AP] photo provided by Amber Caldwell, shows a snowman that depicts a white hooded figure associated with the Klu Klux Klan in the front yard of Mark Eliseuson in Hayden, Idaho.
Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies told Eliseuson Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 that he could be charged with a crime because the 10-foot-tall snowman was holding what appeared to be a noose. Deputies were called by neighbors who were appalled by the pointy-headed snowman with two dark eyes”
Will the same Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies be stopping by the Smithsonian to curb the freedom of speech on display there in the Hide/Seek Exhibition. Will Blake Gopnik approve of Mr. Eliseuson’s display?
Maybe Mr. Eliseuson’s best bet is to drive his hooded snow-man to Washington, DC where it will be proudly displayed at the Smithsonian’s Art Institute.
Mr. Eliseuson’s display is certainly not one I would put up in my yard, and neither would I run a video of and ant-covered crucifix. But, it is certainly his right under the First Amendment to erect such a display!
Would the Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies and Blake Gopnik approve if Sarah Palin was hung in Eliseuson’s noose?
Would the Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies and Blake Gopnik approve if George Bush was hung in Eliseuson’s noose?
Would the Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies and Blake Gopnik approve if Barack Obama was hung in Eliseuson’s noose?
Bottom line. While disgusting, Eliseuson has the same free speech and expression rights as the Smithsonian!
It’s a hate crime? Read the the last sentence of Section 1 of the 14th Amendment.