Here is a plainly delightful story. As a means of enchanting neighborhood children as well as advertising that all dinner parties at their home will be very uncomfortable, a family in Maine decided to express their disdain for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant with a Christmas decoration that depicts the jolly folk hero Santa Claus urinating on lights that spell out the acronym “ISIS.”
You might think this fine example of First Amendment bravery would be uncontroversial, but the family’s display has caused some confusion in their quiet neighborhood. As you can see in the image above, the intended message of this decoration isn’t immediately apparent at first glance. York County Sheriff William King spoke to Mashable:
“The callers were concerned that the home owner might be an ISIS sympathizer,” King explained in a statement sent to Mashable. “Sheriff’s deputies visited the home and the word ‘ISIS’ is lit up bright and clear. What is not so clear is that Santa Claus is ‘relieving’ himself on the words (see white stream).”
Ah, yes. Your neighbors interpreting your depiction of Santa pissing on ISIS as a bright, glowing red endorsement of ISIS could be a problem.
This can’t be the only misguided political Christmas display lighting up an American neighborhood this holiday season. With tensions running high across the country, surely someone out there is hoping the decorations adorning their house will give Ted Cruz that needed bump in the polls, or will finally end the gun control debate once and for all.
[image via York County Sheriff]