Family Fined for Putting Six-foot Cross Christmas Decoration Outside Home

A family from North Carolina has been fined for installing a six-foot cross outside their home as part of their Christmas decorations.

The Faison family received a letter from the Homeowner's Association stating the cross is not considered appropriate for the time of year because it was an Easter or Passover decoration.

The family, who have lived in their community for five years, was told to pay a fine of $100.

According to a report by ABC News, the statement from the association reads: "I did share your response with the Board and several members of the board are devout Christians and are intimately familiar with the cross being the foundation for which Christianity is based.

"The cross represents the death of Jesus Christ who died for our sins so we can have eternal life. The Christmas season is associated with the birth of the Savior so nativity scenes would be an appropriate representation of the season.

It continues: "The Board believes that the Bible is very clear on the distinction between these two major events in Christ's life on earth. The cross is appropriate for display during the Easter season, but not as a decoration during the Christmas season.

"Unless biblical references can be provided noting the cross as a symbol of the Christmas season for the board to reconsider, the cross is not considered to be a Christmas decoration."

When the Faisons questioned the penalty, the association asked them to outline a passage of the Bible linking the cross with Christmas, which they did.

The family have argued the cross is a symbol of "hope" and have remained defiant, saying they will not take the cross down.

The Homeowner's Association has said the cross can stay in place but the case is still being reviewed.

Many residential communities have a Homeowner's Association to help maintain the area and neighborhood, including modern planned housing developments. However, membership also means residents are bound to the association's rules and regulations, including regarding festive decorations, painting of visible areas such as front doors and parking.

More than 25 percent of the U.S. population are estimated to live in a community association, according to the 2018-2019 National and State Statistical Review for Community Association Data.

According to the report, Florida has the most in the U.S. with 48,250 associations, which are home to 9.5 million residents. California is the country's second largest state with 48,150 associations, followed by Texas, Illinois, North Carolina and New York.

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The Homeowner's Association stated the cross was linked to Easter or Passover not Christmas CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images