Creche Returns to Northeastern Pa. Courthouse Lawn

December 21, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Times Leader

Wire Service: AP

Santa, a snowman, an elf and other secular figures have joined a nativity scene at a northeastern Pennsylvania courthouse, resolving a controversy over the display of religious holiday symbols in a public space.

Luzerne County commissioners had removed the creche (CRESH') and menorah from the courthouse lawn last week after receiving an objection from the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The groups told the county that the displays were an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion.