Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Banning Public Christmas Displays

Two months before Christmas, like clockwork, the Christmas Wars have begun. In the first battle of the 2009 Christmas season, a federal lawsuit has been filed to allow a public Nativity scene in Warren, Michigan.

For 63 years, a privately maintained Nativity scene has been displayed on a public median in Warren. Every year, Warren resident John Satawa has filed for and received a permit to display the Nativity.

Not this year. That tradition was abruptly ended by the Macomb County Road Commission after it received a threatening letter from the atheist organization the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The commission, in response, decided to ban the display.

Last Friday, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Thomas More Law Center filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Satawa against the commission.

Read more here.

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