Stuff Like This *REALLY* Ticks Me Off!!!

rum.runner at JUNO.COM rum.runner at JUNO.COM
Sun May 25 11:18:19 MDT 2003

John, it's alright to express one's views against the government or the
President of the United States, but it's considered illegal or not
politically correct to profess your religion.  I'd be interested in
learning how it violates the sign ordinance?


On Sun, 25 May 2003 10:44:28 -0400 "John A. Quayle" <blueoval at SGI.NET>

Government targets 'Jesus' sign
Man's red neon message allegedly violates local ordinances

Posted: May 25, 2003
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2003

        A borough government in Pennsylvania says freedom of speech does
not extend to a man's large "Jesus is Lord" sign, threatening the man
with jail time if he doesn't remove it, reports the Johnstown

Bob Foor and his 'Jesus' sign (Photo: Johnstown Tribune-Democrat).

        Bob Foor's sign hangs on the back of an old repair shop he owns
in the heart of a historic district in Bedford, Pa. According to the
paper, the red, flashing neon letters are three and a half feet high and
stretch nearly 100 feet across the building.

        "It's something I believe. I'm very much a believer, and it's
something that I think needs to be there," Foor told the

        Foor erected the sign after the borough council denied him a
permit. The local government says Foor's sign violates three separate

        The American Civil Liberties Union is siding with the borough.
"Freedom of speech has time, place and manner restrictions," Larry
Frankel, executive director of Pennsylvania chapter of the ACLU, told the
paper. "Unless he can demonstrate that he is being denied permission for
the sign based on the content of the sign, it is not discrimination."

        According to the report, part of the goal of city regulations for
the historical district is to keep buildings looking as much like they
did 200 years ago as possible.

        Foor, owner of Bob Foor Cars, says he has already spent over
$10,000 on the sign, but is willing to spend more in legal fees to fight
the borough. "I have a feeling it's going to cost me a lot more," Foor

        If Foor does not take the sign down by today, per a demand from
the borough, he will be subject to a $1,000-per-day fine and a possible
30-day jail stay. "I feel they're violating my freedom of speech and my
freedom to express my religion. I feel they're violating my
constitutional rights," he told the Tribune-Democrat.

        Foor is clearly proud of his new sign: "You can even see it from
the Bedford Bypass. In fact I was told you can see it from an airplane
flying over the borough."

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