Ridgefield resident Lisa Schmidt is passionate about her Catholic faith — so passionate in fact that she staked signs in her yard encouraging others to “stand up for religious freedom.”

And stand up is exactly what Schmidt did when she received a notice from her homeowners association asking her to remove the religious freedom signs, which had been set up alongside several yard signs expressing support for political candidates.

It all started with a neighbor’s complaint about all the signs in Schmidt’s yard.

The Mt. Vista Home Owners Association’s handbook allows homeowners in the 430-home subdivision to place candidate signs in their yards within the 45 days leading up to an election, but the religious freedom signs did not fit the description of what’s allowed, according to the association’s notice that was sent to Schmidt.

Schmidt, a marketing professional, said she typically advises people that “emotion has no place in rational thinking,” but said she’s had trouble following her own advice in this particular situation.

“(The homeowners association is) overzealous to say the least,” she said. “It’s gone too far.”

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