A First Amendment protection legal group is threatening to sue a Delaware beach municipality for removing a Catholic church’s nativity scene from the bandstand circle at the town’s boardwalk, according to the Christian Post.
For decades, Saint Edmond Church in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, set up a nativity scene to celebrate Christmas. But last year, the mayor ordered that it be removed, citing that religious displays were not allowed on public property.
Due to community backlash, the city reconsidered the nativity’s location and sent a letter in earlier this year letting the church know that the display could be set up on a property owned by the city chamber about a half-mile down the road from the Bandstand circle.
The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal service organization, asked city officials if the scene could be displayed on a grassy area near the Bandstand or in a position closer to the circle. But, the city denied those requests.
The First Liberty Institute, a First Amendment protection legal group, got involved on behalf of the church and the Knights of Columbus by sending a letter to city officials.
“It is well established that the speech protections of the First Amendment extend to displays like the creche,” the letter, written by senior counsel Roger Byron, said.
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Source: Christian Headlines