Update From Nativity Display Battle in Green Bay

CHURCH AND STATE

This from Associated Press:

GREEN BAY, Wis. — An organization of atheists and agnostics won’t drop its federal lawsuit against the city of Green Bay even though the nativity scene that sparked the suit was taken down from City Hall Wednesday morning.

The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation will continue with its suit, which co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor expected would be officially filed Wednesday or Thursday.

Even if the city argues that the issue is moot since the display is gone, “we want a court ruling that they can’t do it again,” Gaylor said.

Their lawsuit claims the display depicting the birth of Jesus is an unconstitutional governmental endorsement of religion. Among other things, it asks a federal judge to declare the city’s actions a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

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