Baby Jesus is away in the manger, but it’s where this manger sits that’s causing some controversy.
A federal lawsuit filed in late December says the nativity scene at the base of the Fulton County courthouse violates the U.S. constitution’s establishment clause.
Roger LaMunion of Argos says the display, along with some Santa and snowmen decorations, have the purpose of quote “advancing one preferred religion over all others.”
“The decorations sit on the southwest side of the courthouse, off of busy main street,” says Roger.
LaMunion says his trips to Rochester bring him in quote, “direct and unwelcome contact with the display.”
The nativity scene and the lawsuit are now the talk of the town.
With some seeing it as an attack on their beliefs. For now, the decades-old debate will continue between church and state.