(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to remove a nativity scene that has been outside the Fulton County Courthouse in Indiana since 1980, in a move that’s likely to insult and surprise anybody…normal.
Breitbart reports how Liberty Counsel, a non-profit religious freedom law firm, filed a brief in opposition to a preliminary injunction filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Argos resident Roger LaMunion. It comes after a years-long dispute over the presence of a nativity scene outside of the courthouse when LaMunion filed a lawsuit claiming the scene was inappropriate.
In December 2019, LaMunion’s lawsuit said that the presence of the nativity scene, along with other symbols of Christianity like Father Christmas and snowmen, represent the county “advancing one preferred religion over all others.”
Since when are snowmen a Christian image?
The nativity scene in question has been managed by the Rochester Optimist Club for around 40 years, and it is a well-known and loved in the local community.
LaMunion claimed in the suit back in 2018 that whenever he travelled to Rochester, the nativity scene and other Christmas icons put him in “direct and unwelcome contact with the display.”
This guy must really hate Santa Claus.
Liberty Counsel’s brief opposes LaMunion’s latest efforts to obtain a preliminary injunction that offers an “extraordinary and drastic remedy” to ensure the imagery is not displayed on federal property again this year.
Not only is LaMunion now filing an emergency motion to remove the imagery despite two years passing since his first complaint, but Liberty Counsel also noted in its brief that LaMunion doesn’t even live in Fulton County.
“In addition, LaMunion is not even a resident of Fulton County, and he has failed to demonstrate that he has suffered harm or has just cause to bring this action,” the litigation firm explained.
Liberty Counsel cited previous court decisions about Christmas displays, explaining how the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal appeals courts “have recognized that government entities may recognize Christmas as a holiday and may maintain Christmas displays that include both religious and secular symbols.”
“Therefore, this display does not violate the First Amendment and includes all the elements federal courts have held to be constitutional,” they added.
Matt Staver, the chairman of Liberty Counsel, said that publicly sponsored Nativity scenes are constitutional even on public property, “especially when the display includes other secular symbols of the holiday.”
“This Christmas display in Fulton County is no exception,” he said, before saying the ACLU unsuccessfully attempts to prove otherwise every year.
What does the ACLU have against…Christmas?