Secret Service investigates Obama effigy in Emery County town

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  • manaen1 Buena Park, CA
    Nov. 4, 2012 10:04 p.m.

    "People just don't think in those terms in our community,"

    They will now.

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 9:56 p.m.

    I'm iffy on it. If it was just Obama, then I could see someone saying "take it down". But as it involves both candidates then it's obviously not a threat but a political statement. It could be racial but honestly I don't think we can really say that without hearing it from the people who did this.

    Either way, illegal? I'd argue not by our current laws. Should it be? Yes. Cause if it were of your own spouse you wouldn't feel it is appropriate on any level if someone else did it. There is a limit to free speech. When things become libel, threatening, or even as grotesquely insulting as a portrayal of a hanging- I feel that we the people are perfectly justified in not allowing it.

    Insulting another person's human decency is not the free expression of your ideas. There is a difference between freedom and "free to threaten, libel, etc.". Such things threaten freedom, they aren't conducive of it!

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 11:09 a.m.

    No, JohnH, this "decoration" is more than just "poor taste". Doesn't take much cultural awareness to know that any image of a white man hanging a black man is far too strongly reminiscent of the Jim Crow era, even if that wasn't the intent. How on earth could this man or his parents have lived this long in America and still somehow thought that this was OK?

  • JohnH Cedar City, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 8:17 a.m.

    The decoration is in poor taste, but if we ban things that are in poor taste most TV screens would go blank.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 7:38 a.m.

    Wow! Our tax dollars hard at work. (Oh, I forget. Most of us don't pay any taxes at all and Washington wants to tax those who pay the most even more.)
    It sort of reminds me of the guy who put a sign on the back of his truck that said, Abort Obama.
    There was a complete investigation on that one, too.
    Seriously, that's a threat? Homeland Security needs to get a life. They let a guy slip through with equipment to blow up Times Square and are in rural Utah investigating a tasteless prank. What's wrong with this picture?

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 3:58 p.m.

    But there's no racism in Utah or America, right?