The 83-year-old Longmont man who put a sign in his front yard bearing a message about Muslims took it down Thursday.

Some people who saw the sign on 17th Avenue near Francis Street complained that it was offensive, though police and prosecutors noted its message was protected by the First Amendment.

That message — "Muslim's kill Muslim's (sic) if they don't agree. Where does that leave you, 'infidel'" — was painted in red on a wooden sign that was chained to a tree in front of 83-year-old Harry McNevin's house.

Jeanette Eirich, McNevin's Denver-based attorney, said an article published on the front pages of the Times-Call and Daily Camera on Thursday was "sensationalized" and jeopardized her client's safety.

"People are threatening to protest and destroy his property," she said.

Longmont police Cmdr. Joel Post said Thursday that nobody at the public safety department had received a call from McNevin or anyone else about threats being made against him or his property.

In an interview on Tuesday, McNevin said the sign was intended to be a wake-up call for Americans to realize that Muslims are "not our friends, they're our enemies."

Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett said the sign was not illegal because the First Amendment protects Americans' ability to express their opinions.


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Longmont Public Safety Chief Mike Butler visited McNevin on Monday and asked him to take the sign down out of civility. When interviewed Tuesday, McNevin said he didn't plan to remove the sign.

At some point Thursday, though, the sign was taken down, although its support posts remain visible to passersby.

Amelia Arvesen: 303-684-5212, arvesena@times-call.com or twitter.com/ameliaarvesen