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Homeowner with Trump flags featuring profanity and middle fingers given court date, but she won't back down

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 6/8/2021 Michael Lee
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A New Jersey homeowner displaying profanity-laced anti-President Joe Biden and pro-former President Donald Trump flags has been ticketed and given a court date by local authorities.

“I’m not taking them down,” said the Roselle Park homeowner’s daughter, Andrea Dick, who argued that she has a First Amendment right to display the flags.

At issue are three of the six flags displayed outside the house, with one that reads, “F*** Biden,” and another that depicts Trump raising his middle fingers.

Now, Dick’s mother has received a summons charging her with “having signs hanging on a fence containing obscenity” and cites an ordinance that prohibits displaying “obscene, pornographic, or lewd messages.” The maximum fine for a violation is $500 per violation daily until the display is removed.

TRUMP FLAGS WITH F-BOMBS AND MIDDLE FINGERS INFURIATE LOCAL RESIDENTS, BUT OWNER IS STANDING FIRM

Roselle Park Mayor Joseph Signorello III said the flags have drawn complaints from local residents, most notably because the house is located about a block away from an elementary school.

The mayor stressed at a City Council meeting last week that while political displays are welcome, Dick’s flags are “profane or sexual in nature.”

“Residents specifically [have] concerns [about] children viewing recently placed inappropriate flags, how it’s affecting quality of life, embarrassment to family and friends visiting homes, and potential effects of selling homes in the area, as well as embarrassment for some who are politically affiliated,” said Councilman Jay Robaina, who said residents have contacted him to complain about the display.

Dick said the display does not violate the ordinance against obscene displays, arguing that the rule “pertains to nudity.” Dick cited the ordinance’s definition of “obscene,” noting that it defines it as lacking “serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”

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The American Civil Liberties Union has also weighed in on the case, arguing that the flags are political speech that are protected by the Constitution.

Tags: News, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, New Jersey, First Amendment, ACLU

Original Author: Michael Lee

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