Message to ISIS in Christmas lights gets homeowner a visit from cops

In putting up Christmas lights this year, a Maine homeowner had a very succinct message for Islamic State terrorists.

But little did he know that his creative use of the outdoor lights to send a statement on terrorism would result in a visit from local law enforcement.


The Portland Press Herald reported:

The homeowner used lights to spell out the word “ISIS” – an apparent reference to the so-called Islamic State militant group – on what appeared to be a board placed near the ground floor of the house, a photo released by police shows. Perched above the display on the home’s deck, however, is a lit-up Santa Claus that appears to be urinating on the word ISIS, as illustrated by a stream of white lights.


Somehow, the bawdy display was misconstrued as possible support for ISIS, in spite of Ol’ Saint Nick’s actions.

The York County Sheriff’s Office said they were contacted by someone concerned that the unidentified homeowner might be an “ISIS sympathizer.”

“Sheriff’s deputies visited the home and the word ‘ISIS’ is lit up bright and clear,” York County Sheriff William King said in a statement, according to the Press Herald. “What’s not so clear is that Santa Claus is ‘relieving’ himself on the words.”

“Deputies spoke with the homeowner explaining why the sheriff’s office took an interest in his holiday display and the homeowner stated he was going to rearrange the lights to clear up any doubts about his message,” he said.

King later noted that “no law was broken and we did not tell him to take the lights down or to reconfigure anything.”

Tom Tillison


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