This Michigan Town Wouldn't Give In To Anti-Christmas Pressure
A Michigan town pressured by ant-Christmas atheists wouldn't give in to demands to take down their nativity scene after receiving legal council on the matter. Menominee, Michigan sets ups a nativity scene in its city park every year, but this year they received a threatening letter to remove it from the city or face a lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).
But a lawyer from Liberty Counsel got involved and showed the town the error of FFRF's interpretation of the law and refuted their argument to remove the nativity scene from its city park. The nativity scene was then returned to its park and the celebration of Christmas season can continue.
Liberty Counsel offered pro bono defense to reinstate the City’s long-standing Christmas tradition of displaying a Nativity scene in a city park. The FFRF sent numerous complaints to the city for several years questioning the policy of having a Nativity on public property. Menominee City Manager Tony Graff said the display was taken down shortly after being put up this year. The city attorney determined that the display was “a violation of our own policy” governing what can be put up on public property. However, Liberty Counsel instructed the city manager to return the Nativity to the park and add secular items to the display, which they have planned to do.
“Publically-sponsored Nativity scenes on public property are constitutional, especially when the display includes other secular symbols of the holiday,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “We commend Menominee city officials for their courage to heed our counsel and reinstate the Nativity to its rightful place. We stand by the city and will offer legal counsel to any city facing threats from the FFRF or other individuals,” said Staver.
Liberty Counsel has launched its fourteenth annual Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign, pledging to be a “Friend” to those who recognize Christmas and a “Foe” to those who censor it. The campaign educates, and if necessary litigates, to make sure that Christmas and Christian themes are not censored. Liberty Counsel provides a memorandum to offer guidance regarding publicly and privately sponsored religious holiday displays, religious holidays in public schools, and the rights of public school students in the context of religious holidays.