my landlord forced me to take down a religious symbol because another tenant complained that it offended him;?
My 11 year old son made a nice picture of a pentagram, symbolizing earth, air, fire, water, spirit. It was hanging on the inside of our apartment. He put it there to protect himself from negative energy of our mean, nasty, irrational, threatening, scary neighbor. This man swore up and down at me to take it down because he believes in God. I explained it wasn’t a satanic symbol, we also believe in a higher power. He called the usually reasonable landlord, and the landlord insisted that I take it down as the neighbor was offended by it. I explained the use of the symbol and my civil rights, that I find my neighbor to be offensive, the landlord still insisted I take it down as it’s bothering the neighbor. Not wanted to be evicted I did so. My son is very upset as am I. It is our constitutional right, it’s inside our apartment, we have it there for good reason, yet our residency in this building is being threatened should we not bow down and comply. As a single mom I feel I’m obviously being bullied into compliance by these men, allowing them to stomp on my civil rights. I know if they tried to evict and took me to court that they’d be in hot water messing with our civil rights. Not only that, we are part native american and like to decorate as such, and were making a protection amulet. I live in puritanistic conservative, ignorant New England, in NH. but their fear of things they don’t know about is not my problem. My son and my rights are being violated. In fear of losing our place we are forced to bow down. I can’t afford an attorney. Please advise.
Please only legal professions advise. Thank you
THE DECORATION IS A SUN-CATCHER HANGING IN THE WINDOW SORT OF LIKE STAINED GLASS. IT IS AS SMALL AS A TEA CUP PLATE AND VERY COLORFUL AND PRETTY. THANK YOU TO THE SERIOUS RATIONAL PEOPLE WHO ANSWERED, BY LEGAL PROFESSIONALS, I SHOULD HAVE SAID “THE PEOPLE INFORMED ON THIS SUBJECT”, AS SOME OF YOU ARE, AND I THANK YOU! I’D RATHER HAVE IT IN THE WINDOW THAT HE WALKS BY FOR THE PROTECTION, (MY SON WAS SLEEPING BETTER), AND BECAUSE IT BELONGS IN A WINDOW. YES I KNOW HE COULD TRY AND NOT RENEW MY LEASE, VERY GOOD POINT, YET THAT WOULD BE SOME LAW SUIT IF HE DID. I WELCOME MORE ADVICE, ADVISE, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT.
P.S. THERE IS NO MORE TO THE STORY FOR YOU SKEPTICS. THE US CONSTITUTION IS FOR ALL OF THE US. THANK YOU INFORMED PEOPLE!