Controversy Over Courthouse Religious Display

A controversy has developed in Scranton, Pennsylvania, over a religious display in the courthouse front lawn. The display featured both a menorah and a créche, and had been displayed for a number of years. The ACLU threatened to sue over the display, as it likely violated the constitution because the display was not "government neutral" if it was displayed on government property. A local Catholic college offered to move the display to their property, but that idea was rejected by Scranton citizens.

As Marci Hamilton explains in her essay, the issue is complicated, and outlines the broader issues underlying this seemingly minor incident.

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