With the war on Christmas heating up, a city in Washington State has removed its traditional nativity scene over complaints from anti-Christian activists.
Officials at Woodland, Washington, banished its nativity scene to an abandoned lot in town removing it from city property because a few haters complained about the decades-old display.
City leaders noted that no one has ever complained about the display in the past. But, after moving the scene, town leaders have gotten far, far more complaints for moving the display.
According to Fox 12:
“I wouldn’t have chosen to do this, but it’s in the best interest of the city to do so,” said Mayor Will Finn by phone Tuesday night. “The feedback I’m getting is that it’s in a better spot.”
Finn said he personally sought out the new location and permission from the property owner after the city received complaints about the display within the last week.
One of the Christmas haters was resident Marc McVey who incorrectly insisted that having a religious nativity scene on government property violated the Constitution and the principle of separation of church and state.
“I wrote the mayor and the city manager and said, ‘Hey, I’m not sure if this is keeping with what the law allows,’” McVey said.
McVey said he reached out after visiting the park and seeing the nativity set up in what he suspected was a public location.
“They responded to me today and said they moved it – it was a difficult decision, which I respect,” McVey said. “Believe me, I’m not anti-religious. I think it’s great, I love this holiday season – I have a Christmas tree up myself, but it just made me a little bit uncomfortable to have that on public land.”
This is all crap, of course. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that nativity scenes and crosses on public property do not violate the Constitution.
The weak-spinned mayor issued a statement:
As one of the city caretakers, I believe the move was the best for the city and for all of us…. I personally see the nativity as a symbol of Christmas and feel comfort when seeing it displayed. I’m also grateful for the community’s understanding of the difficult but important decision…This move… puts the nativity in a more visible location within our city, while respecting the public nature of public property.
Let’s hope the town folk elect a real leader next time.
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