East Nashville Resident Enjoys Free Speech – as Long as It’s Hers! Meet Jennifer Ives.

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Have you ever met someone that proclaims to love the freedoms we all enjoy, and supports those freedoms – except when they don’t quite align with their own views? Then they think that person’s freedoms should be restricted in some way? Doesn’t quite seem right does it? Seems rather hypocritical, doesn’t it? There’s a few other words we’re sure you could find to describe it, too. It’s like saying that you support transgender individuals using the bathroom they identify with – as long as it’s not a bathroom you’re using.

freedom of speech jennifer ives bigotMeet Jennifer Ives. Of all people that should understand freedoms, especially those of speech and expression, it should be an artist – and in fact, Jennifer happens to be an artist by trade! Jennifer owns ‘Playing with Fire by Jennifer Ives’. Jennifer enjoys the freedom of speech, the freedom to hang an American, or Nazi, or Irish, or Canadian, or any other flag she wants in her window in her home (pending any other signed agreements with a landlord/HOA that she agreed to that would prevent it) and display it as she wants. She can even stop this flag on the ground, or display it proudly – these are all protected rights, provided she hasn’t given them away voluntary in an agreement such as the above, as the flag is considered a venue of protected speech, guaranteed by the First Amendment.

In a recent social media post, Jennifer asked if East Nashville could “help a sister out. This jackass lives in our neighborhood. He is a renter and apparently many people have approached the owner and politely asked for this flag to be taken down. Our neighbors are black, white, Jews, Christians, you name it. All attempts (even offers to buy the property) have been met with a resounding “no!” I understand this is freedom of speech, but it’s disturbing. Anyone have other suggestions?”

Well, Jennifer, we have a suggestion – learn to respect other people’s rights and views, even if they don’t align with yours. It’s very easy to protect and defend speech you agree with, isn’t it! If this was someone from a Muslim country asking for a Jesus flag to be taken down, we have a feeling we know what side of that argument you’d be on. Freedoms come with compromise. You have to let the other side have rights, too. That’s how it works.

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Let’s review your words one more time, and explain why we think your words are bullshit, shall we? You claim that “All attempts even offers to buy the property have been met with a resounding no” – well, right above that you said “he is a renter”. So why would his landlord be interested in selling the property, he had no dog in the race, and is making a good income. The renter with the flag certainly can’t agree to sell a house he doesn’t own. So on this we call bullshit.  You also claim that “many people have approached” – if you had the balls to approach him, you would not have written this passive aggressive Facebook post, you would have knocked on his door and had a conversation. You tried to make the issue sound larger than it was, and that you had a flock of neighbors on your side, and quite frankly, we once again call bullshit on this statement. Maybe we’re wrong, but that’s our belief, Jennifer Ives – and we’re entitled to it!

We find it hard to believe that an ARTIST whose works include those below, has an issue with another human’s freedom to express their own views. Here are some of her pieces from her site. How can an artist who expects her own views and thoughts and expressions and displays to be protected, be so upset that someone else is expressing their views, even if they don’t align with hers?





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3 Thoughts to “East Nashville Resident Enjoys Free Speech – as Long as It’s Hers! Meet Jennifer Ives.”

  1. HB

    Ran across this post studying sun and tree worship-doesn’t seem related but it is-

    Actually the flag symbol in question regarding free speech issues is representative of wheel of the year-the basis for the Roman Saturnalia Sun Celebration or what we call Christmas (Christ Mass) in America. This swastika is derivative of the wheel of the year- the big dipper in its 4 phases-takes many forms and is in every culture in the world. It is the twisted cross and the ancient fire wheel. Samples below.

    It’s about ancient sun and tree worship-even the related modified sun cross (circle with a cross inside) appears on many Christian churches even today-they do not understand the meaning or history-if they did they would not have anything to do with it.. Sun of Sky….the Son of God? ….people worship of the creation instead of the creator. Romans 1:25

    Enough with the problems of swastikas and Christian sun worship, now some general educational observations-

    Ancient Swastika Symbols

    The swastika (Sanskrit svastika, “all is well”). Its name comes the Sanskrit wordsvasti (sv = well; asti = is), meaning good fortune, luck and well-being. The swastika is most commonly used as a charm to bring good fortune (in which case the arms are bent clockwise), but it has a variety of religious meanings as well.

    The right-hand swastika is one of the 108 symbols of the god Vishnu as well as a symbol of the sun and of the sun god Surya. The symbol imitates in the rotation of its arms the course taken daily by the sun, which appears in the Northern Hemisphere to pass from east, then south, to west.

    (It is also a symbol of the sun among Native Americans.)

    The left-hand swastika (called a sauvastika) usually represents the terrifying goddess Kali, night and magic. However, this form of the swastika is not “evil” and it is the form most commonly used in Buddhism.

    The auspicious symbol of the swastika is very commonly used in Hindu art, architecture and decoration. It can be seen on temples, houses, doorways, clothing, cars, and even cakes. It is usually a major part of the decoration for festivals and special ceremonies like weddings.

    The Nazis adopted the swastika because it was understood as an Aryan symbol indicating racial purity and superiority. (The Nazis propagated a historical theory in which the early Aryans of India were white invaders.) There may also be a connection with the swastika’s magical connections, for Hitler and other Nazi leaders were keenly interested in the occult.

    Check these out-sorry about the copy and paste-




    Its the big dipper-


    This is the Hindu version-


    Swastika (big dipper) and the star of David???….it is not a coincidence that ancient Israel was involved in sun and tree worship but many religions 1000’s of years before Nazi Germany used these symbols as well in sun and tree worship-and still do. The symbol is the big dipper and is represented in many forms in every culture. It’s about crops, food, getting through the seasons, the sun dying out in winter and having a festival, a symbol to keep it burning so we don’t die situation.

    The reason Nazis used the ancient wheel of the year symbol-Hitler was a sun and tree worshipper. I am disgusted with the actions of Nazis but the anger at the symbol will represent much more and is connected with EVERY form of religion. If we are going to move tenants and clean house, you better get a really big trash bag.

    As far freedom of speech and expression, either we all have it or only some have it. Some believe in their superior race and some believe in their superior freedom of speech. There is no difference.

    Best regards-HB

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