Last week, I mentioned that Ellwood City (Pennsylvania) planned to vote on holding a lottery to decide who could put up a holiday display in City Hall.
Obviously, this was a backdoor way to let Christians put up a Nativity Scene on public property.
Council President Anthony “Lefty” DeCarbo cast the deciding no vote after Councilwomen Judith Dici and Marilyn Mancini, and Councilman Glenn Jones voted against the recommendation. Councilmen George Celli, Ralph Chiappetta and John Todorich voted in favor.
With Monday’s vote, the existing policy adopted last December will stand. That policy calls for the Nativity, which has been on borough property in front of the municipal building for at least a half-century, to be moved onto private property this year.
Oh no! Private property!
I don’t know how the Christians in the area will be able to handle a Nativity Scene that doesn’t simultaneously say “screw you” to people of every other faith.
It’s the right move from the council. They’re avoiding an inevitable lawsuit and saving local taxpayers a lot of money.
(via Steel City Skeptics)