Roselle Park, NJ – A New Jersey woman said she will not comply with a court order to remove the anti-President Biden signs she has posted outside her home, despite being threatened with a $250 per day fine.
Roselle Park Municipal Court Judge Gary Bundy issued an order on July 15 demanding that Andrea Dick, 54, remove the profane signs from outside the Willow Avenue residence where she lives with her mother, Patricia Dilascio, NJ.com reported.
Dilascio is the owner of the home, but the signs belong to Dick, according to the news outlet.
Several of the flags include the wording, “F—k Biden,” while others denounce socialism and declare that President Biden “blows” and is “not my president.”
“Don’t blame me,” another flag reads. “I voted for Trump.”
Bundy said the signs violate a city ordinance prohibiting the display of “any obscene material, communication or performance or other article or item which is obscene within the Borough,” NJ.com reported.
The ordinance further defines “obscenity” as anything that lacks serious literary, political, artistic, or scientific value or describes sexual conduct, according to the paper.
Bundy noted that his order to remove the flags was not political, NJ.com reported.
“This is not a case about politics. It is a case, pure and simple, about language,” the judge said. “This ordinance does not restrict political speech. Neither this town or its laws may abridge or eliminate Ms. Dilascio’s freedom of speech. However, freedom of speech is not simply an absolute right.”
“It is clear from state law and statutes that we cannot simply put up the umbrella of the First Amendment and say everything and anything is protected speech,” he added.
Bundy gave the homeowner one week to remove the signs. After that, a fine of $250 per day will be imposed for each day they remain on display, NJ.com reported.
Dilascio and Dick did not speak during the hearing except to thank the judge after he provided them with instructions on how to appeal the order.
Their attorney, Michael Campagna, said the meaning of the language on the signs has changed over the years, just like it is no longer considered to be obscene for women to expose their knees like it was in the 1920s, NJ.com reported.
“I am a firm believer in the First Amendment,” Campagna told the news outlet. “I may not believe in what you’re saying, but I absolutely believe that you have the right to say it. That’s what our democracy is about. If you tell people that they cannot say something, that they cannot print something, that they cannot put a sign up, we’re going into censorship.”
The signs remained on display the day after Bundy’s order was issued.
“It’s my First Amendment right and I’m going to stick with that,” Dick told The Baltimore Sun on Monday. “I’m not backing down.”