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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Florida Cities
- Display Menorah
- Ban Nativity

Two cities in Florida, Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach, have been sued for exercising religious discrimination. The cities have allowed the display of a Christmas Tree and a Menorah but have banned the display of a Nativity.

"We feel the City of Neptune Beach has followed the mandates of the U.S. Supreme Court," said Christopher White, city attorney for Neptune Beach.

"To exclude a private nativity scene from an open forum where a Christmas tree and a Menorah are displayed is a clear violation of the First Amendment. While the towns justify their discrimination by contending that the Menorah is secular, the Supreme Court has recognized the Menorah as a religious symbol," noted Mathew Staver, president and general counsel of Liberty Counsel, the legal firm representing the citizens filing the lawsuit.

Fla. Cities Sued After Nativity Scene At Park Banned

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