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Nativity Scene Allowed on Public Land

By Matthew Clark1356044193000

This is the latest installment in a year-end series looking back at a few of the hundreds of victories by the ACLJ in 2012.

As Christmas approaches, we see them in storefronts, on lawns, and at city halls and town squares all across America. Yet in one small middle America city, the Crèche or Nativity Scene was not allowed on city leased property during. The city refused to allow a live nativity during a public festival in December.

Earlier this year, we worked with a local city council member in drafting an ordinance that would reflect that religious speech, including a Nativity Scene, is constitutionally protected on public property. The ordinance passed unanimously to allow the display of Nativity Scenes on public property. We are actively engaged in cities and towns, large and small alike, to ensure that religious liberty and freedom of speech are protected this Christmas season.

To help the ACLJ continue to have the resources we need to make these victories possible and continue these fights, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the ACLJ through our year-end Matching Challenge. Your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar though the end of the year.

You can read more in the ACLJ’s 2012 Victories series here.

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