New message posted above Iraqi flag at Sacramento home

A California couple who created a national uproar last week by hanging in effigy a U.S. soldier on its home with the message “Your Tax Dollars at Work” now has a new message with the hanging uniform: “Bush Lied. I Died.”

In reaction to the latest message, Move America Forward, the national organization that supports American troops and the war against terrorism, has announced it will hold a candlelight vigil tomorrow night at the Sacramento home of Steve and Virginia Pearcy.

The three-hour vigil, slated to begin at 7 p.m., is designed to show support for U.S. troops and “register our opposition and disgust with the hateful ‘soldier hanged in effigy’ display.”

“Move America Forward supports the right of free speech,” a statement from the group said. “However, the right to speak freely does not mean all words or sentiments should be warmly embraced. The hateful messages that undermine our troops should be treated the same as the hate that spews from the likes of KKK members – we must step forward and make it clear that these voices of hate do not speak for our greater community, and that we will reject them through peaceful assemblies of the community.”

Iraqi and Palestinian flags are also being displayed in the windows of the home.

The Pearcy family released a statement to the media in connection with its original effigy, which eventually was torn down by an individual who scaled a tree on the property.

“There will always be people who are offended by political speech, and the most important forum of all … is one’s own residence,” the statement said. “The First Amendment is meaningless unless dissent is allowed.”

The display has been a source of contention among neighbors who live on Marty Way.

“I’m outraged,” neighbor Marque Cohen told the Sacramento Bee. “We have our men and women in uniform that are dying to protect our rights and I think it’s a disgrace that somebody would be allowed to hang a U.S. soldier in effigy in front of their house.”

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