As a New Orleans woman demonstrated with elaborate holiday decorations depicting a middle finger visible for all passers-by, it's not the speech society enjoys that needs protecting. In a relieving turn of events, however, a judge has ensured the triumph of the First Amendment by allowing the offensive, but protected, holiday display to continue.
A Louisiana woman ran afoul of police when she gave her neighbors an unusual holiday greeting, hanging Christmas lights in the shape of a middle finger.
Sarah Childs was in a dispute with some of her neighbors in Denham Springs, just east of Baton Rouge, so she decided to send a message with her decorations. Neighbors complained and police threatened to arrest her, so she and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana sued the city.
A judge ruled in her favor Thursday.
"I imagine it will be back up before too long," ACLU of Louisiana executive director Marjorie Esman said of the display.