​Family Told To Take Down Offensive 'Jesus' Sign By Neighbours

Neighbours may become 'good friends' over in the suburbs of the classic Aussie soap, but elsewhere they're sometimes just pissy bastards.

One family in Adams County, Pennsylvania, may not be feeling the neighbourly vibe this festive season, having been asked to take down a sign with the word 'Jesus' on it - all because a neighbour reportedly said it was offensive.

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The sign made up part of their Christmas display, but even with a bit of Christmas spirit on their side, they still got in trouble with the unnamed neighbour.

Mark and Lynn Wivell had put up the Jesus sign outside their home, but shortly after getting it up - which, with Christmas decorations, it usually no easy feat - they said that their homeowner's association emailed them with a request for them to take it down.

They'd even put a fair bit of effort into the decorations - this sign was homemade from a piece of plywood. It had been painted white, with a red tinsel garland spelling out the name 'Jesus'.

Apparently it was the "size, structure, and illumination of the physical sign are the accentuating factors generating the complaint," another email explained.

The homeowner's association had also said the nature of the sign - just writing 'Jesus' in tinsel on a white board - did not count as Christmas decorations.

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"As part of our Christmas decoration, we would display the name Jesus to point out to everyone that we in this family believe that the reason for the season is to celebrate the birth of Jesus," Mr Wivell told the FOX43 news channel.

His wife Lynn also spoke to USA Today, adding: "I was quite shocked it offended somebody, but I guess in today's world I shouldn't have been."

In a statement provided to FOX43, the homeowner's association said: "It is, indeed, unfortunate that our attention has been unnecessarily redirected in this manner with a suggestion that Scrooge is alive and well in our community."

They added: "Many of our families will be in church on Monday with their spirit diminished by this attack."

However, the Wivells aren't going down without fighting, and have said that they're not going to take the sign down until they're good and ready - they've no intention of getting it town until the new year, with Ms Wivell saying they'd had 'tremendous support' from their neighbors, which had made them feel better about the whole situation.

Mr Wivell added: "People get offended by different things, but just because something offends you, doesn't mean the whole world has to change to accommodate you, so I would say please be more tolerant."

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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