Georgetown, Delaware, has put an end to its traditional nativity scene with a new law that bans “unattended displays.”
The town changed its ordinances to ban signs or displays that are not constantly watched by a person, according to WBOC TV.
The nativity has been sponsored by Georgetown Wesleyan Church and other organizations over the years, but with the new rules in place, the Christmas scene won’t be returning.
The town manager insisted that banning the creche was all about “public safety.”
“There have been instances where unattended displays have been placed on The Circle and became safety issues,” said town official Gene Dvornick. “The town’s policy on unattended displays does not just apply to religious displays; it applies to any and all unattended displays.”
“If the wind kicks up and there’s not anyone there and stuff blows out to the traffic lane,” Dvornick exclaimed.
So, Christmas displays are cancelled because of the wind?
Can there be a lamer excuse?
According to EBOC, residents aren’t buying the excuse.
“Chardon LTD. Jewelers has been in the circle for over two decades. Owner Charlie Koskey thinks the nativity scene does not pose any safety concerns,” the news station reported.
“We have a beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the center and our light poles all speak of the Christmas season and I think the nativity scene falls within that. I think it’s important that these symbols represent the faiths of everyone that’s celebrating this time of year,” Koskey insisted.
Yeah, it doesn’t seem as if the town’s folk are going for the explanation, does it?
It is more likely just a backdoor way to eliminate a symbol of Christianity without coming right out and saying it.
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