Remember: There is no war on Christmas. Jon Stewart says so.
The town of Jay, Florida has removed a Nativity scene that has traditionally sat in front of City Hall.
That’s because the town received a complaint from the well-named Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) complaining about the legality of the scene. The FFRF sent a letter to Mayor Kurvin Qualls calling the display “unlawful.”
That letter is not without some merit. The Supreme Court has ruled that Nativity Scenes are allowed on public property when displayed in close proximity to symbols representing other religions or secular customs.
The town did what most of these small towns do in this case: It decided not to fight the FFRF because a legal battle could cost as much as $100,000.
The good news is that a private group, the Santa Rosa Ministerial Association, has received the Nativity scene and is displaying it in downtown Jay.
Mayor Qualls said, “the majority of the folks have been very supportive in understanding that there is a reason we moved it from City Hall to downtown. Actually, now that it’s downtown, it is more visible to the public than it was right here at city hall.”