By Hemant Mehta
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the situation in Bethel, Connecticut, where city officials have allowed a Nativity scene to go up on public property while sticking to a policy that rejects other displays due to the “limited space.”
American Atheists sent a letter to the city urging them to rescind the policy, but the local leaders haven’t done that yet. What they have done is reject a banner from AA that says “This season, no matter what you celebrate or why, Happy Holidays! — your atheist neighbors” with the group’s logo on it. They initially said no because some information was missing from the application, but everything’s been fixed now, and American Atheists awaits a response.
That means city officials have a choice: They can say yes to the banner and create an open public forum for all holiday displays without discriminating against non-Christian groups… or they can reject it and open themselves up to a potential lawsuit.
And they’re really struggling to find reasons to reject it.
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