Pennsylvania County Taking No Chances with Christmas Display

Luzerne County commissioners don’t want another holiday season controversy over the Nativity scene and menorah on the courthouse lawn, so they plan to pass a resolution making it clear that they plan to set up a “seasonal holiday display” this year.

Commissioners had removed the Nativity and menorah from the lawn last December after a litigation threat from the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The organizations argued the display violated the constitutional separation of church and state.

After public uproar, including protesters carrying nativity statues at the site where the display was removed, county officials came up with a more diverse seasonal display.

The revamped version included Santa and Mrs. Claus, two reindeer, some candy canes, a little elf handling mail for Santa, a Christmas tree and signs that say “Happy Holidays” and “Happy Kwanzaa.”

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