Have We Passed The Line Of Tasteless via The First Amendment? [Just Wrong]

10/27/2008 04:28:00 PM

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paulin_mccain_wh A mannequin dressed to resemble the Alaska governor, with her trademark beehive hairdoo and glasses, was hung by the neck from the eaves of a home in West Hollywood.

On the roof, a mannequin of Republican presidential candidate, John McCain, protruded from the chimney surrounded in flames, holding his head as if he was apparently being burned alive.

"We have been getting some phone calls this morning, complaining about it but if [the homeowner] isn't in violation of municipal code we have no reason to cite them," a West Hollywood spokeswoman stated.

Homeowner Char Michael Morisette told KCAL-TV the display should be considered Halloween "art" and said his neighbors would probably be more offend by a similar scene invoking Democrat Barack Obama.  "I know if we had done Barack Obama, people would have probably thrown things through our windows," Morisette said.  "The image of a hanged black man is a lot more intense than the image of a hanged white woman for our country, the history of our country."

Earlier a cardboard likeness of Obama was strung up from a tree at an Oregon university and an Ohio man who told local media he didn't want to see an African-American running the country hung a ghostly figure bearing an Obama sign from a tree in his yard.

Just thoughts to ponder.  It's okay to display this, as it is protected by our Amendments however, a few weeks ago, a child was punished for a shirt that said, "Obama, A terrorists best friend" and that was wrong.

Why are there more and more incidents of slams against the Obama camp being claimed as being "racist", "unjust", or wrong, yet incidents like this are considered "in fun" and protected as opinion?  I personally take offence to this display of a woman, with her hands tied behind her back, and being hung.   Is that what we have worked for all these years, to be able to do displays such as this?  And why not Obaman in the noose according to the homeowner?  It's too offensive, but it's okay for a woman to be in the noose.  Yea.. okay....

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