Happy Birthday to Jesus from Utica NY Fire Department

By | December 19, 2014
utica fire dept

Earlier this year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the Utica Fire Department Station 4 (in New York) a letter addressing the sign since it had gone up at the end of 2013. Fire Chief Russell Brooks responded by saying the Thomas More Law Center gave them permission to do it… and then attached a form letter sent to him by the religious group.
The relevant part of that letter said, correctly, that religious displays (like Nativity scenes) were allowed on government property as long as an objective observer could see the full display and know that the government isn’t endorsing a specific religion. So a Nativity scene might get a pass as long as there was also a Hannukah display and an atheist display nearby.

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