Man's 'Pro-ISIS' Christmas Lights Weren't That at All
Look up, folks
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2015 8:57 AM CST
Updated Dec 19, 2015 9:01 AM CST

(Newser) – Residents of Limerick, Maine, were disturbed when they saw "ISIS" spelled out in Christmas lights on a local's home, and one of them contacted the York County Sheriff's Office to report a possible terrorist sympathizer. Deputies went to investigate and found that the holiday decor did, in fact, include the word "ISIS" ... as well as a lighted Santa Claus situated above, "relieving himself" on the word, the sheriff says in a statement. When deputies explained to the homeowner why they were visiting, and the fact that it's "not so clear" that Santa is supposed to be urinating on the offending word, "the homeowner stated he was going to rearrange the lights to clear up any doubts about his message," the statement says, per the Portland Press Herald.

The deputies didn't actually tell the homeowner to make any changes, and the sheriff notes that no laws were broken, the Bangor Daily News reports. As the sheriff tells the New York Daily News, the homeowner "probably should've used yellow lights" for Santa's pee, "but he used white lights. You couldn't really distinguish what Santa was doing." The unnamed homeowner says he meant the message to be "pro-America," the sheriff adds. "He doesn't like what's going on in the world, so he wanted to make his own little political statement."