I recently read an article about a Louisiana Couple who is being sued by their Homeowner’s Association over a banner they have in their yard: Read the full article: http://fxn.ws/pTHZa0
The gist of the story is the couple, Timothy & Jodi Burr, have a son who has been deployed to Afghanistan. In honor of their son, they have placed a 3 x 6 foot banner in their front yard, letting the world know their son is defending our country overseas. God Bless him and watch over him.
The problem? The Homeowner’s Association is requesting that they remove the banner because it violates subdivision covenants that prohibit homeowners from erecting signs in public view.
The Burr’s claim is that the Association is practicing in “selective enforcement” and that there are numerous homes in the subdivision displaying signs with messages ranging from school support to religion. They have requested meetings with the Association to discuss potentially changing the convenant. However, they have yet to remove the sign. However, Fox News did not show ANY examples substantiating this claim, only pictures of the sign in question.
So, they were suprised and shocked that the Association, who had refused to respond to their meeting requests, have filed a lawsuit against them to get the sign down.
On the surface, the article would like you to believe that they are being asked to remove the sign because of the Patriotic message. That this is a consipiracy against this family alone. The family would like you to feel compassion at their plight, at their cause.
What is the real problem here? Is it the sign’s message or that they are not abiding by rules they agreed upon when choosing to live in this subdivision? According to an attorney who represents the Homeowner’s Association, it is the fact that they are in violation of the covenant. He readily admits that they agree with the message on the sign, that is not the problem. Even Mrs. Burr herself is quoted in the article saying that she believes that it is the sign itself, not the message.
Why does this story even warrant attention? Do you ever feel that the news outlets try and create controversy with stories like these? In my simple mind, this shouldn’t even BE a story. It is a simple Homeowner’s dispute. The homeowners are in violation of a contract that they have signed. They are refusing to abide by the rules. Newsworthy? No.
What do you think? Does this story make you believe that this family is being conspired against? Or do you see it as I do?