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Dec 19, 2009 12:17 AM by Ryan Foran

Controversial Christmas display has neighbors calling law enforcement

A controversial Christmas display in Nipomo has some neighbors asking law enforcement to bring it down.
The display that is now getting national attention, features Jesus with a shotgun hovering over a dead Santa Claus.
The contorversial display has been up for a few days, and it's getting mixed reactions.
Some say freedom of speech, others say Scrooge.
"What it means is that Christmas is not about Santa Claus, it's about Jesus," Ron Lake who created the display said.
Lake says his holiday display is an expression of his repressed creativity.
His repressed creativity has Rudolph lying dead on his truck, and Santa shot down thanks to Jesus and his double barrel shotgun.
Lake who takes the display down when he leaves, says he has heard all kinds of reactions.
"A lot of people say its great, you know it's hilarious, it's pretty good. Like I said, I've had people say please take it down, you know it's sick, what about the kids," Lake added.
Neighbor Jon Slayton says the display doesn't make any difference to him.
"It kind of gets you to think about what the real meaning of Christmas is, the way it's so commercialized and everything now," Slayton said.
Some parents who drive by the busy Nipomo street are so concerned that they called the sheriff's department to see if it could be taken down.
"We looked at it, and of course it's constitutionally protected and our deputies left the scene," Rob Bryn of the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Department said.
Beside the shocking display, some neighbors may be shocked by this.
"Actually, I live in Fresno but I'm house sitting here taking care of somebody who is out of state. Otherwise, this probably would not of happened," Lake said.
Naturally our next question-- So how do the people who actually own the house feel?
"They were questioning the whole thing until I told them that somebody stopped by and threatened to call the law, and then they said oh well leave it up," Lake added.
Lake who is from Fresno said he will be heading home tonight and taking down the controvesial display.
But, he says it will be back up next week when he returns, just in time for Christmas.
The San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Department says it has gotten at least a dozen calls regarding the display.

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