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article imageJesus vs. Satan in Sleepy Connecticut

By Bob Norman     Apr 3, 2007 in World
The battle of good and evil comes to the streets of Naugatuck
Claudette Soden, who owns a photo studio and claims her business partner is Jesus, has entered into a battle of the ages with her business neighbor. She recently put out a sign on the street in front of her shop that reads,"Easter: Beep for Christ". as a way of showing her faith and celebrating the season. Her neighbor,Tattoo shop owner Phil Young, countered by putting out his own sign urging motorists to,"Honk twice for Satan". The ensuing battle has the Town evoking local zoning regulations to get both owners to take down their signs.
Naugatuck officials ordered the signs removed.
While the messages are irrelevant, zoning ordinances require signs to pertain to what businesses sell, do not block sidewalks and do not create a hazard, Mayor Ron San Angelo said.
By earlier today Young had taken down his sign but Soden was refusing to comply with the ruling. She says that she put similar signs up in the past including at Christmas. The difference is that her shop was at a different location at the time. She refuses to take down the sign because,""Easter has not passed yet".
Young says that he put up his sign because he viewed Soden's message as a sign of religious intolerance for non-Christians. His sign was designed to give people an alternate point of view.
"My main point is that we share a parking lot, and what goes on in this parking lot represents not only hers, but both shops," he said. "What she does inside her business is her business."
Another business owner in the same complex briefly joined the fight with a "Honk for the Flag" sign but stopped after hearing about the zoning issues. Roger DeVack, owner of Computer Repair Tech, says that he thinks it's gone way too far.
"It just seems asinine why people have to turn this into a slugfest between good and evil," he said.
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