A Raleigh homeowners association is making headlines for telling a family that displaying a cross during the holidays is a violation of the rules, arguing it must be removed or they'll face a fine.
James Faison and his wife, who have lived in the North Carolina neighborhood for five years, put up a 6-foot cross as a Christmas decoration representing hope, according to WTVD-News.
But the local HOA insisted that the family take it down, stating in a letter that the cross is not a Christmas decoration. Instead, the association contends the cross is only acceptable as a symbol for Easter.
"We believe the cross is symbolic of hope, salvation, and deliverance and it's so important that we have this cross up for Christmas time," Faison said.
"They didn't mention anything in the bylaws. They didn't say, 'Go look, here are the bylaws as it relates to HOA and the community, this is the reason why' - they didn't say any of those things," he told WTVD. "They didn't say any of those things, but they asked me to provide biblical references."
So, the Faisons provided references from the Bible that showed the connection between Christmas and the cross.
This was the HOA's response: "The cross represents the death of Jesus Christ who died for our sins so we can have eternal life," the HOA statement reads. "The Christmas season is associated with the birth of the Savior such as nativity scenes would be appropriate representation of the season."
The association is allowing the family to keep the cross up for now, but the matter is still under review.
"We're HOA paying residents. We love the community - great community, nice neighbors, and everything," Faison explained. "But at the same time the HOA, what they have done - they've crossed the line."
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