No political ideas larger than 20 foot

A man is fighting for his right to free speech after local authorities told him his anti-Obama slogans were too big

by Phoenix on 23 March 2013 17:54

It's ok for this Michigan man to display advertising for commercial purposes up to 32 feet in size, but apparently, not for political purposes.

Authorities have told the man, who is displaying anti-Obama signs on his property, than political signs must be restricted to 20 foot in size. 

The two signs, which are clearly visible from the highway, read “Marxism/Socialism = Poverty & hunger” and “Obama’s ‘mission accomplished.’ 8% unemployment. 16 trillion debt,” respectively.

“I felt that things were going in the wrong direction,” Verduin told WOOD-TV, adding that he’s concerned about hunger and poverty.

According to the same zoning ordinances that restrict him, Verduin is apparently allowed to display a sign that covers more than 20 square feet if it for the purpose of “selling ideas.” So that’s how he plans on fighting the town.

“You can have a 32-foot advertising sign. I don’t get that,” said the cattle farmer.

“This is clearly a violation of his free speech and free exercise right,” attorney Howard Van Den Heuvel added.

“I think for the good of the country, political speech is important,” the farmer said.

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