The Loudoun County (Virginia) Courthouse is once again the scene of a controversy over faith, access and tradition. The fight over what should and shouldn’t be displayed on the courthouse has returned. This time, the issue is not just over the nativity and other religious displays, but displays of any kind on the grounds.
Last winter, the courthouse grounds and facilities committee banned all displays on the site, including a nativity scene that existed during the holiday season for years. That policy was instituted due to an overwhelming number of requests by various organizations to erect religious and non-religious displays on county property.
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors overruled that recommendation by giving all community groups access to this site. Now, the citizen’s committee is once again calling for an outright ban.