Small Indiana Town Fights Atheists to Keep Nativity Scene in Court Square

Amanda Casanova | Contributor | Monday, December 15, 2014

Small Indiana Town Fights Atheists to Keep Nativity Scene in Court Square

A small Indiana town is fighting to keep displaying their annual Nativity display at the county courthouse. The Freedom From Religion Foundation says the display in Brookville is a violation of church and state and has asked that the scene be removed. 

The Nativity scene is annually displayed on the Franklin County Courthouse square.

“If people don't like the look of it I think they can look the other way, or don't look at all," said Brookville resident Wayne Monroe. "It's been a tradition here for many, many years and I hope it's for many more years. I think we deserve the right to put up what the community wants and I don't think anybody else should tell us what to do.

"I think it's going to take a lot more that some outfit from Wisconsin to have it removed," he continued.

Commissioner Scot McDonough said he disagrees with the FFRF.

“They use the misconceptions about the separation of church and state to make everyone afraid of getting into the middle of a lawsuit, when the Constitution does protect you," he told FOX & Friends.

Brookville has about 3,000 residents.

Publication date: December 15, 2014

Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.