LC Defends Another ACLU Holiday Display Suit

Mar 1, 2019

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana (ACLU) filed a second lawsuit in Indiana to remove a Nativity scene on the Fulton County courthouse lawn that has been displayed each year since the 1980’s. Liberty Counsel represents Fulton County against the ACLU.  Liberty Counsel also represents Jackson Country in Indiana defending a similar holiday display challenged by the same ACLU.

In addition to the Nativity scene, the Fulton County display includes a Santa house, Santa Claus, lighted reindeer, a snowman, and a candlestick. The U.S. Supreme Court and numerous 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. 

Liberty Counsel provides a memorandum to offer guidance regarding the public displays.

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