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Happy Halloween! You've just committed a hate crime!

What type of decorations might you usually see around Halloween? Skeletons, spiderwebs, gravestones, dismembered hands... things like this are common, as is a decoration that is now being called a "hate crime".

Kelly Lynch says she is a witch, and therefore, her neighbor's Halloween decoration of a hanging witch is a hate crime -- just like burning crosses or hanging nooses in a black family's yard would be.

Sigh:

Driving down East Street in Chicopee it's hard not to notice a witch hanging from a noose. To many, it's an innocent Halloween decoration, but for Kelly Lynch it's offensive.

"We don't harm anyone, we worship god, we are not evil, and we don't cast spells, " says Lynch.

Lynch is a witch. She has been studying witchcraft since she was a child, and says it's her way of life.

"We are just like Christians, Muslims, we have our own religion, " adds Lynch.

That's why when she saw the life-like witch hanging in someones front yard she went straight to the home owner's door.

"He told me to lighten up, it was a Halloween decoration, I know it's his constitutional right, but I want it down. To make that your only decoration...it's kind of odd, " stresses Lynch.

But the owner will do no such thing. His neighbor says he has every intention of keeping it up.

"There's no way it's coming down. I think it's funny people are getting so upset, it's only a decoration, " says neighbor, Kevin Belder.

But Lynch says it's no laughing matter. She says it's a hate crime against her religion

"Look at Louisiana, it's the same thing, what if a black family burned crosses, or nooses it would be the same thing, " says Lynch.

And if the owner still doesn't take the Witch down from its noose by Halloween, Lynch plans to protest outside his home.

She says it's not only a hate crime against her religion, but offensive to the entire community.

"It's depicting death. I wouldn't destroy a cross or bash a religion or race,so I don't expect that to happen to me, " adds Lynch.


I have to say, Lynch made lots of fun statements in this, so let's take them on one by one, shall we?

In my opinion, this right here is the money quote:

I know it's his constitutional right, but I want it down.

Doesn't that just sum up the "I'm offended, therefore I am" crowd perfectly? This woman doesn't care that it's a Halloween decoration up temporarily, not something he has hanging all year round. She doesn't care that it is, indeed, his right to put up whatever he wants. She doesn't care that it's on his own private property. The only thing she cares about is that she is offended, damn it, so he must pay, the insensitive asshole.

Here's another funny little nugget:

But Lynch says it's no laughing matter. She says it's a hate crime against her religion.

"Look at Louisiana, it's the same thing, what if a black family burned crosses, or nooses it would be the same thing, " says Lynch.

And if the owner still doesn't take the Witch down from its noose by Halloween, Lynch plans to protest outside his home.

She says it's not only a hate crime against her religion, but offensive to the entire community.


Yes, a Halloween decoration that a "witch" is offended by is surely offensive not only to her, but to the entire community. I bet people drive by his house all the time shaking their heads, thinking, "That is so cruel to the witches of Chicopee." And I especially love how she equates a Halloween decoration to real hate crimes! Yes, a Halloween decoration of a hanging witch, that you can probably buy for less than $20 at any Wal-Mart in the country, is the same thing as the KKK burning crosses into a black family's yard.

There is just too much hate in this country, people! This woman is offended, and her feelings are hurt, so we need to all bend over backwards to make sure she is appeased!

Telling her to grow up and get over herself is, of course, not an option. Not at all.

Now, let me point something out. Let's pretend this is a different scenario. Let's say it's April, Lynch has just moved into the neighborhood and introduces herself to her neighbor. She tells said neighbor that she has been practicing witchcraft since she was a child. Neighbor gets angry and the next day, Lynch sees a hanging witch in her front yard.

That I could understand. But come on... it's a freaking Halloween decoration! She's going to protest in this guy's yard over a Halloween decoration?! And of course, we all have to agree with her. If anyone, ever, is offended then there must be repercussions for us insensitive jerks who don't care.

By the way, this is the decoration that Lynch is hyperventilating over:

It's so true to life, no wonder she's offended!

All sarcasm aside -- how long are we going to tolerate the "I'm offended, therefore I am" crowd? How long before we're only allowed to say or do certain things so that no one will be "offended"? I mean, take Lynch. How long before only certain Halloween decorations are approved for our use, all in the name of making sure that she doesn't get her pwecious wittle feewings hurt? The rights of her neighbor mean absolutely nothing to her.

Sound scary yet? 1984, here we come.

Hat Tip: Moonbattery


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Comments (48)

Oh good grief. When readin... (Below threshold)
Jake:

Oh good grief. When reading about witchcraft I always see it stressed at real witches are NOTHING like the witches portrayed at Halloween-- that they have NOTHING in common... so why is Lynch getting worked up over this? It's ridiculous.

Great post, Cassy.... (Below threshold)

Great post, Cassy.

How come Witch Lynch isn't ... (Below threshold)
Matt:

How come Witch Lynch isn't protesting cable channels that might show the Wizard of Oz and it's dispecable treatment of witches? They crushed one, and melted one!

Guess there isn't an IQ requirement for the coven.

Think she might be interested in a fact finding trip to the middle east to see how they treat witches?

Nancy Pelosi at high noo... (Below threshold)
RobLACal:

Nancy Pelosi at high noon. Justice served lol.

So, a witch named "Lynch" i... (Below threshold)
No One of Consequence:

So, a witch named "Lynch" is protesting a lynched witch?

I've been falling a little ... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

I've been falling a little behind. I wonder if she could bring her broom over and help me with some cleaning I gotta get done?

If she was REAL witch, she'... (Below threshold)
roy:

If she was REAL witch, she'd just wriggle her nose and the thing would dissapear.

More pc nonsense. In poor ... (Below threshold)
Jer:

More pc nonsense. In poor taste, maybe. A hate crime, I think not.

"I guess pushing that Turke... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

"I guess pushing that Turkey-Armenien vote had significant repurcussions"

lololol, thanks for the idea Rob.

Maybe they shoulda burned H... (Below threshold)
914:

Maybe they shoulda burned Her at the stake instead?
Then it would only have been a love crime.

If it were a hate crime the... (Below threshold)
914:

If it were a hate crime they would have burned Her at the stake.

Sound scary yet? 1984, h... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Sound scary yet? 1984, here we come.

Yeah, because one crazy neighbor saying stupid things = Oceania's Ministry of Truth. Not hyperbolic at all.

You know, I feel emotional ... (Below threshold)
yetanotherjohn:

You know, I feel emotional distress and anxiety every time I think about the democrats getting into office, raising taxes, handing AQ victory in Iraq and deciding whether I can go to a doctor. So if I am offended by those political yard signs promoting a democrat for office, can I be offended so that they have to take it down? I know it's their constitutional right, but I want it down. Its just like the KKK burning crosses. It just tells me as an American who loves this country that I am next.

And what about those TV ads supporting democrats. I want those down also.

Gee, this "I'm a victim so you have to shut up and do what I say" is easy.

Man, did that neighbor miss... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

Man, did that neighbor miss an opportunity. Just ONE well-placed "She turned me into a Newt!"

Comedy gold....

The Washington Post now wri... (Below threshold)

The Washington Post now writes that nooses are like Christmas Trees, OK on private property, taboo on public.

Holy crap! This reminds me ... (Below threshold)
Von:

Holy crap! This reminds me of that lady who hung herself, only to be mistaken as a Halloween decoration. Anyway, this witch needs to chill out. I don't celebrate Halloween, but I'm not gonna stop people from celebrating it.

yetanotherjohn, I agree with you 100%!

tells you how much time she... (Below threshold)
Butch S:

tells you how much time she has on her hands to just ride around looking for decorations that offend her....how dumb

Toss her in a pond. If she ... (Below threshold)
mojo:

Toss her in a pond. If she floats, burn her.

...

What?

As a straight White Male I ... (Below threshold)

As a straight White Male I am not welcome in any of the 'Liberal' designated victim groups.

So... based upon my exclusion, I am offended.

Yes, we SHOULD be willing t... (Below threshold)
The Listkeeper:

Yes, we SHOULD be willing to tolerate people displaying hanged witches, niggers, spics, Jews, etc. It's all in good fun, after all.

Good post, Cassie,... (Below threshold)

Good post, Cassie,

Tonight on my radio program I will be interviewing Salem's self-proclaimed Official Witch Laurie Cabot about this issue.

Last night I interviewed the director of education at the Salem Witch Museum.

Details about how you can listen to both programs are at my website:

http://radiopatriot.blogspot.com

Andrea Shea King, host
"A Conversation with Andrea and..." on BlogTalkRadio
&
"The Andrea Shea King Show" on AM 580 WDBO, Orlando FL
www.ASKShow.com

If this young woman is offe... (Below threshold)

If this young woman is offended by Halloween decorations, she is going to be spending a lot of time being offended each fall - at least until the Stalinists, I mean Democrats, outlaw all depictions of witches (offending Wiccans), monsters (offending steroid cheat freaks like Barry Bonds and Marion Jones), bloody knives (offending OJ), ghosts (offending Robert Byrd), black cats (offending PETA), and pumpkins (offending vegans).

Let the "inclusive" Democrats at it, and all you'll be able to decorate with in the fall are leaves (and their local city councils will probably pass an ordinance against that, too).

Absolutely outrageous. Ther... (Below threshold)

Absolutely outrageous. There was clearly no intent to intimidate someone because of their race, ethnic group or religion to establish the premise for a hate crimes offense. This absurd case could make it difficult to effectively use hate crime laws to shut down violent organizations or arrest persons involved in the extreme violence associated with geniune hate crimes offenses if the case comes to a court.

I'm also distressed that some in the religious community wrongly campaign that hate crimes legislation meant to protect Gay Americans from unprovoked violence would arrest preachers for merely preaching church doctrines that forbid Gay sex practices among church members. This also wrongly blurs the issue of the limited use of hate crimes laws as a law enforcement tool to stop planned and organized extreme violence and has nothing to do with the free practice of religion in the U.S.

Well I can see the Great Pu... (Below threshold)
kim:

Well I can see the Great Pumpkin isn't going to visit everybody's patch this year.
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Is that a Hillary Clinton m... (Below threshold)
Eric Forhan:

Is that a Hillary Clinton mask?

I saw this as a stupid stor... (Below threshold)
USMC Pilot:

I saw this as a stupid story about stupid people until I got to the picture. If I had young children, I'm not sure that I would want them to see this in the yard next door. It seems just a bit too life like for little kids, so he's nuts for putting it up and she's nuts for wanting down for the wrong reason.

Stories like this often mak... (Below threshold)
pennywit:

Stories like this often make me wonder if there is some background tension between the neighbors.

--|PW|--

I have to agree with USMC P... (Below threshold)
epador:

I have to agree with USMC Pilot. It's the hanging thing, along with the human face, that is poor taste. Its not so long ago in this country we burned and drowned people accused of being witches (more often than not they WEREN'T Wiccan), and that in and of itself is a sad part of history better not made light of. Now, the witches on brooms flying into light poles, that's more lighthearted and shouldn't be taken offensively.

I agree with Pennywit - mos... (Below threshold)
Kapow:

I agree with Pennywit - most likely there's more to this story than were are being told.

Lame story, wierd losers, hyper-ventilating post.

1984 though, really? I must have missed the part where they cancelled Halloween. You know Orwell was a socialist, don't you Cassy?

If I was the guy who had th... (Below threshold)
Steve:

If I was the guy who had the Halloween decoration, I think I would have told her to hop on her broomstick and fly the frack outta here!!!

The guy should have gone ou... (Below threshold)
Scott in CA:

The guy should have gone outside and hung up another witch. Then told her to get stuffed....or whatever witches do.

The first comment by Jake h... (Below threshold)
Candy:

The first comment by Jake hit the nail on the head: I live in a town with a LOT of Wiccans, and they make quite a point of letting us know that they are completely unlike the hollywood version of witches.

I also agree with USMC Pilot that something like that could really scare little kids.

I am interested to hear what Laurie Cabot has to say about all of this. I lived in Salem, Ma. years ago, as well as attending college there. Laurie is THE witch in Salem, so her take on this matter will carry weight in the witch community.

(I hope they don't make ... (Below threshold)
Candy:

(I hope they don't make people take down those witches that look like they flew into a tree, because I LOVE those!)

<a href="http://www.foxnews... (Below threshold)
DB:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,302197,00.html

So in 2007 it is hate crime while during the past 6 years it was was just a decoration. Guys it Halloween you want to scare the kids. I wonder if they will take down the hanging skeletons at party city. Me I would keep it in the house out of Public view until someone opens the door.

The 1984 comment was not sp... (Below threshold)

The 1984 comment was not specifically geared towards Halloween. It's the bigger picture -- for example, how long before everything needs to be pre-approved in order to keep people from being offended? I just saw this as yet another example of how we are slowly but surely sliding in that direction, and the "I'm offended, therefore I am" crowd, like this lady, are helping quite a bit.

Make more sense now?

This is a very clever post.... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

This is a very clever post...
Just like Christmas...Mothers Day...Fathers Day...
Wal-Mart etc...make big money off of this...
If you all think Holiday's...any Holiday...is not pushed by retail ...and of course coveting your neighbor's response to a Holiday..so you have to "keep up"....

The great thing about Halloween?
The business community pushing the myth of apple razor blades....has scared parents into going to shopping malls...(Christmas sales)...instead of neighborhood homes..

You...or anyone you know ever get a razor blade in an apple?

Will someone... please... l... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

Will someone... please... lower that idiots... alloted... number of periods... per comment?

Brainy435 - its not so much... (Below threshold)
marc:

Brainy435 - its not so much the periods but what's between than that rankles. For example:

You...or anyone you know ever get a razor blade in an apple?

Personally? No. But despite your non-belief (or should that read "lunacy induced ignorance?") there is documented proof of it happening.

Nitist of wits, that's nogo.

A practicing witch shouldn'... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

A practicing witch shouldn't have too much issue with this, but I agree with USMC Pilot and epador. This is not really suitable for children to see, especially small children. I can imagine a kid out trick or treating and running into it in the dark.

"Things that make you go hmmm..."

Cassy graces the comments w... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Cassy graces the comments with her presence!

The 1984 comment was not specifically geared towards Halloween. It's the bigger picture -- for example, how long before everything needs to be pre-approved in order to keep people from being offended? I just saw this as yet another example of how we are slowly but surely sliding in that direction, and the "I'm offended, therefore I am" crowd, like this lady, are helping quite a bit.

Make more sense now?

No. Wait, now it does.

Nogo, no.Neither h... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Nogo, no.

Neither have I been attacked by a grizzly while hiking nor know anyone that has. I'll quit carrying bear spray and relax abit more.

Thanks for getting my thought processes moving. /sarc off

I certainly agree the image... (Below threshold)

I certainly agree the image of the hanging witch - with or without the Hillary mask - could be quite scary for young children.

Of course, so could dead people rising from coffins, men who change into wolves at the full moon, skeletons, ghosts, monsters . . . why, nearly everything associated with Halloween (except for candy) could frighten young children.

You could almost get the impression that was the whole idea . . .

;-)

So, Jim, you'll have no pro... (Below threshold)
The Listkeeper:

So, Jim, you'll have no problem with someone hanging a representation of a Jew, a black guy, a Christian, or other group up by the neck as a Halloween decoration? After all, it's all in good fun.

Do you not understand it is... (Below threshold)
kim:

Do you not understand it is the Eve? We're ridiculing evil, here. The Great Pumpkin tells me so.
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Mojo - I love Monty Python ... (Below threshold)

Mojo - I love Monty Python references. That was a good one.

I'm just going to throw it ... (Below threshold)
another one of them:

I'm just going to throw it out there. I'm a true conservative, but I'm also a witch. I'm not offended by these events, but I am slightly concerned about them. I understand that this guy put this up as part of holiday decoration, but he doesn't seem to understand or care the extent that this has gone. I have seen many decorations involving witches in the past. The 'splat' witch, where the witch was flat against a surface, with broom sticking out. The 'crashed' witch, where the witch was hanging out of a tree by her foot with broom in hand. As she crashed into the tree while flying. All these are humorous. But, hanging a witch by a noose from a tree doesn't seem very humorous to me. It seems to convey 'I hate witches and want to kill them.' to me. I'm not going to protest this man. I'll probably never meet him in my life. I wouldn't even care about this, except it made it to a national level. I think what most people don't understand is that Halloween (or as witches call it - Samhain) is the witch's New Year and the holiest day of the year. It would be like Christmas or Easter for christens, or Ramadan for Muslims. What this man has done would be like lynching Christ at Christmas or Muhammad during Ramadan. (That would be a sure fire way to tee-off the 'fastest growing religion') How many people would that tee-off? All I'm saying is that it's one thing to try to be funny. But, when you do something that really disturbs someone, can't you at least TRY to look at it from their point of view? We conservatives have a tendency to get mule-headed whenever someone vocalizes their disagreement with us. But, sometimes we should try to take a step back and look at it from a different angle is all I'm trying to say. You can start flaming me now!

Sorry about my spelling. I ... (Below threshold)
another one of them:

Sorry about my spelling. I always failed it in school.

has anybody actually talked... (Below threshold)
debbie:

has anybody actually talked to the owner? No because he is out of state on vacation. Seems to me that both sides of the story should be heard before judgement is passed.




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