As the story goes, W.C. Fields was once caught reading a Bible. When asked why he would do that, he replied, “Looking for loopholes.” It seems those who insist on government endorsement of their religious views read the law the same way. Hemant reports on the situation in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, where the wingnuts found a loophole to get their nativity scene as close to public property as possible:
The current policy in Ellwood City — and it’s a good policy — is that no holiday displays are allowed on the premises at all, including Nativity scenes.
But local resident and Moose Lodge member Mike Parisi thought he found a loophole in the rules. Instead of bringing a Nativity scene inside the building, why not just put one on a trailer attached to a truck and park it outside the building? In fact, since you’re allowed to park in one spot for two hours, why not stay put for a couple of hours, then move down to the next spot? It would be completely legal.
Yes, it would. But they haven’t bothered to do that. They’ve just kept it parked in the same spot for two weeks now, illegally, and the city has done nothing about it because, one would assume, they’re happy it’s there. As Hemant says:
It’s just another example of city officials breaking the law in order to promote Christianity. No other religious or non-religious group ever gets that sort of treatment — and no other group wants that. All FFRF is asking for is for the city officials to follow its own laws: Don’t give one group special treatment just because its members pray to the same imaginary God as you.
One of the many ways that Christian hegemony protects itself.