Judge Agrees with City in Barring Atheist Sign: Agree?
Fef 2012/06/08 06:01:40
A judge says the city of Warren did not violate the law when it barred atheists from displaying an anti-religion sign next to a nativity scene at city hall.
Federal Judge Lawrence Zatkoff said Warren Mayor Jim Fouts had authority to bar the poster last Christmas because he felt it was antagonistic and would cause hostility. The judge says officials were not excluding a religious group or a non-religious group.
Warren city Mayor Jim Fouts said, “As I stated in my letter to this anti-religion group (and upheld by the Court), the Nativity Scene did not constitute an endorsement of any religion, especially in view of the fact that we allowed other religions to celebrate their holiday seasons with displays at City Hall... The bottom line is the Nativity Scene will continue to be displayed at City Hall during the holiday season and the anti-religion sign will not.”
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