Skeleton Santa Nailed To Cross Upsets Community

6:30 AM, Dec 6, 2011   |    comments
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Leesburg, VA  -- A skeleton, dressed as Santa Claus and nailed to a cross, was torn down by an enraged woman outside of the Loudoun County Courthouse.

The display was legally there, with the consent of the county, officials said.

Mary Zenecki, a county resident, wasn't having it. Piece by piece and bone by bone Zenecki took Skele-Claus off the cross and laid him on the courthouse's lawn. "You don't think this is offensive?" she asked.

The display was put there by Jeff Heflin. He applied for approval with the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to put up his anti-Christmas Season display.

"It depicts how society's materialistic obsessions and addictions are killing the season's peace, love, joy and kindness," Heflin said.

Onlookers didn't agree with the way Heflin conveyed his message to the public.

"It bothers me that he put a skeleton Santa on the cross," one onlooker said.

"I don't believe in Buddha, but I'm not about to put up bad things about Buddha," another person said.

The leader of the Northern Virginia Atheists, Rick Wingrove, says tearing down the display was illegal, and people should keep an open mind.

"Offense is in the eye of the beholder. We're offended by the religious displays on government  property. We think it's constitutionally improper," Wingrove said



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