American Civil Liberties Union And Freedom From Religion Foundation Team Up To Fight Nativity Display In Indiana

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) have teamed up to fight Franklin County, Indiana, for their refusal to remove their annual Christmas display.

The nativity scene is in front of the Franklin County courthouse, which is public land. FFRF and the ACLU believe the display violates the separation of church and state and is tantamount to a violation of the constitution. 

There have been several court cases that favor the ACLU and FFRF in this instance. As we reported earlier this week, the city of Jay, Florida, creatively conceded to FFRF’s demands when they removed their nativity scene. 

In a letter to the mayor of Jay, Andrew Seidel, a staff attorney for FFRF, wrote: “It is unlawful for the town to maintain, erect, or host a holiday display that consists solely of a nativity scene, thus singling out, showing preference for, and endorsing one religion. The Supreme Court has ruled it is impermissible to place a nativity scene as the sole focus of a display on government property.”

Franklin County and FFRF have been battling it out over the nativity display almost annually since 2010. The display is over 50 years old and belongs to the city of Brookeville, but the county provides the power for it.

A city commissioner attending a rally in favor of the nativity scene said, "The atheists and the liberals are taking over our country,” according to a news release from FFRF.

The Blaze reported Franklin County Commissioner Tom Wilson has said that other religious displays that are tasteful would be welcomed on the property and would balance the display, like that of other cities and towns across the country during the holiday season.

Sources: FFRF, The Blaze / Image via FFRF