Oct 30, 2012 12:22 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Hanging Halloween display sparks controversy

A Halloween display in Boone County, Indiana is getting a lot of attention. An Iraq War veteran has a hang-man type display with the mask of the president hanging from a noose in his front yard.

"I am a disabled vet, I lost my eye in Iraq fighting for these freedoms, I should be able to express them," said the homeowner who is not being identified.

Neighbors are concerned because the Halloween mask put on the dummy hanging from a noose in his front yard is President Obama's.

Those concerned say while they do support freedom of speech, this goes overboard.

"If you are decorating for Halloween, you don't have to go to that extreme to get your political views out there," said Mary Walkup, who lives near the home with the controversial display.

The Obama mask is part of death theme which includes an execution chair, casket and a living dead character. The homeowner plans to add more items. He insists despite history's civil rights stigma about hangings, his display is not racist.

"I am married to an African American woman so I guess it would be hard to say I am racist against black people," the homeowner said, adding, "It's my yard, if you want to pay my bills then you can tell me what I can and can not put up."

He also says depending who wins the election, the controversial display could stay up for another four years.



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