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Organization wants Jackson County to remove Nativity scene

December 20, 2018

An organization that promotes the separation of church and state wants Jackson County in southern Indiana to remove a Nativity scene from the courthouse lawn in Brownstown.

The (Seymour) Tribune reported an attorney for the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote a letter to commissioners in Jackson County saying that a “concerned local citizen” contacted the group about the light display outside the courthouse in Brownstown.

The letter from attorney Ryan D. Jayne says that it’s “unlawful for the county to maintain, erect or host a holiday display that consists solely of a Nativity scene.” He says it’s a “crystal clear constitutional violation.”

The scene remained on display this week.

Commissioners President Matt Reedy said he hadn’t received the letter and said the county plans to remove the display after Christmas.

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