New York Fire Department with “Happy Birthday Jesus” Sign Out Front May Now Have Company: A Festivus Pole

The Utica Fire Department Station 4 (in New York) already has a sign out front saying “Happy Birthday Jesus”…

… but it may finally have some company: A Festivus pole:

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Atheist Sues Arkansas County and Judge After Courthouse Creche Approved (Again) but Humanist Banner Rejected

This was the scene in front of the Baxter County Courthouse in Mountain Home, Arkansas last year:

It’s a giant Nativity display, with what appears to be Santa Claus and a Christmas tree thrown in for good measure.

By now, we all know the rules for how this works: You can’t *just* promote Christianity with your holiday displays on government property. Either other groups can put up displays or no one gets to. And that’s exactly what the Appignani Humanist Legal Center said to County Judge Mickey Pendergrass in a letter sent last year:

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It’s the Action-Packed Nativity Scene You’ve Been Waiting For

Hope you all got that Nativity Battle Force kit you wanted for Christmas!



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There’s Now Footage of the “Catholic Warrior” Walking Off With The Satanic Temple’s Display in the Florida Capitol

The other day, we learned that The Satanic Temple’s display in the Florida State Capitol Building had been vandalized.

We now know it was Susan Hemeryck, a 54-year-old Tea Party activist who wore a shirt with the phrase “Catholic Warrior” on it.

[Hemeryck] had only one regret about Tuesday’s incident.

‘I just yanked that little devil off the fishing line,’ she said. ‘I should have just done a better job and finished it off for good.’

Security camera footage of Hemeryck destroying the display is available online:

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Franklin County (Indiana) Officials Will Take Down Courthouse Nativity Scene Sooner Than Expected

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that there was a Nativity Scene in Brookville, Indiana that had been up for over 50 years, despite warning letters (over the course of several years) from the Freedom From Religion Foundation to take it down.

But what you need to know is that the display is owned by the Town of Brookville and sits on the grounds of the Franklin County Courthouse.



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