A California man has outraged his neighbors after erecting a 10-foot tall neon sign decrying Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as a "racist" because of his Mormon religious beliefs.
"Romneys Racist Heart Dotcom" it reads, without any regard for proper grammar. Around that, the phrase "Save the GOP" is repeated.
“It’s obnoxious. It’s an eyesore here. I wish it was gone,” one neighbor remarked.
CBS has more information on the anti-Romney activist:
Steven Showers, 59, built the display after doing research into Mormonism after it became apparent that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would get the Republican nomination for president, according to the Ventura County Star.
“I love it. It’s the way I designed it,” Showers said.
Showers, who describes himself as white, a Republican and Christian, told the Star, “I was stunned to find out that the Mormon religion is a white supremacist, anti-black, racist ideology.”
KTLA5 in Los Angeles has more:
On "romneysracistheart.com," Showers claims Mitt Romney believes that "white skin indicates a pure character before God" and that "black skin...is an indicator of the worst corruption of character before God."
In fact, the Mormon Church has made a "very sincere effort" to include African Americans since the 1970's, according to Max Perry Mueller in the New York Times. Back in January, two black members of the Curch of Latter Day Saints released a four-part DVD series explaining the misconceptions.
However, that doesn't stop Romney detractors from voicing their support for the flashing display.
Watch CBS' interview with the man, and a number of onlookers:
One woman said: "I just thought he was making a really great statement, and I just wanted to see it for myself."
Showers remains proud of the display, and is selling the smaller window display for $800. He expects it will become a "valuable collector’s item, associated with an historic event in American political history, increasing in value in the years ahead.”
But a Ventura County code inspector may cut the party short, saying the man has violated zoning laws. While Showers says he will take the sign down if he must, he will try to leave it up through the Republican National Convention.