Christmas display returns after court win

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Jeremy Morris will once again display Christmas decorations with live biblical character actors and animals at his home in a Hayden, Idaho subdivision, shown in 2015.
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HAYDEN, Idaho (BP) -- A Christian family will resurrect their elaborate neighborhood Christmas display after winning a legal battle against an Idaho homeowners group.


Jeremy R. Morris is preparing an even larger production than the 200,000 lights, living nativity, biblical character actors, carolers, live animals and Santa Claus that he last displayed at Christmas 2016 at his family's home in Hayden, Idaho, he said Nov. 25 on Facebook.



"This Thanksgiving weekend, I am grateful to live in a country that protects freedom of religion," Morris wrote after winning his case against a homeowners group that objected because atheists lived in the subdivision. "We love Christmas, celebrating the birth of our savior Jesus Christ."



While religion was a factor in the case, Morris and his wife Kristy filed their civil suit under Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, otherwise known as the Fair Housing Act, according to documents of the U.S. District Court of the District of Idaho in Coeur d'Alene.Christmas display returns after court win



A jury awarded the Morrises $60,000 in compensatory damages and $15,000 in punitive damages, finding that the West Hayden homeowners association "intentionally discriminated" against the Morrises during and after the purchase of their home.Christmas display returns after court win

Chalk this up with a win for Religious Freedom. A Homeowners association tried being Humbugs to this families celebration of Christmas and lost the case. Merry Christmas, Scrooge lost
 
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All HOA's suck.

The only thing worse is to have one run by Leftist.
I agree, its like living in a Communist Country. A group decides what colors you can paint your house and how long someone can visit you in your Motorhome. Glad this time the homeowner won his case
 
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Gaudy display of ego and hubris, yippee skippee...he should have donated those thousands this cost to the homeless...guy is an asshole...
this is why we have freedoms in this country. This guy wanted to celebrate Christmas, why is that a bad thing?
 

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I agree, its like living in a Communist Country. A group decides what colors you can paint your house and how long someone can visit you in your Motorhome. Glad this time the homeowner won his case
That's just being a whiny victim. No one enters into an HOA agreement against their will. I'd never live under an HOA agreement. But, it gets old listening to whiny little victims complain about the harsh rules of their HOA when THEY'RE the ones who agreed to all the rules and to live under them when they chose to purchase a house there. Don't like it? Buy somewhere else.
 
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It's not legal for an HOA to discriminate based on religion. They didn't want the display due to member of the board being avowed atheists, the issue was not the decorations being against the rules.
 
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That's just being a whiny victim. No one enters into an HOA agreement against their will. I'd never live under an HOA agreement. But, it gets old listening to whiny little victims complain about the harsh rules of their HOA when THEY'RE the ones who agreed to all the rules and to live under them when they chose to purchase a house there. Don't like it? Buy somewhere else.
Its a step between an apartment house and a normal house. These HOA homes look all alike and they are stacked on small lots. Your home is built five feet off the property line on both sides with a big fence around it so you feel a little privacy. You can't keep any recreational vehicles there, so boats, trailers, Motorhomes all have to be put in storage. You want to paint your home, better check with the HOA, they only have certain colors your home can be
 
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It's not legal for an HOA to discriminate based on religion. They didn't want the display due to member of the board being avowed atheists, the issue was not the decorations being against the rules.
That was apparently the case.

But goddamn what an awful thing to have to live next to. No one wants live actors performing a fucking show next to their residence. Not a single person supporting this online would tolerate it from their own neighbour.

Good luck anyone on that block selling their house. Ever.

They should have focussed on the real problems. This one member seems to have doomed them all.
 

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