The end of November, the City of Franklin received an email from a family in a neighboring town complaining about the Nativity display that had been present in the city’s Bandstand Park for as long as anyone could remember. To press the issue of a possible violation of the separation of church and state, the author of the email, who simply signed it “RM, SJ and family,” cc’d the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Wisconsin based atheist group. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA) is headquartered in Franklin and immediately began offering information to the mayor and city manager.
Christmas must be around the corner as assaults on the holiday are mounting. Can government entities put up a Christmas display that includes Baby Jesus? Can schools allow children to sing Christmas carols or students to hand out Christmas cards? You may be surprised by the answer!
AFA of PA encourages Christians, through education, to become involved in pro-family issues in their community, state and the nation. This is some of what has been going on in the Commonwealth and the nation.
Several weeks ago we sent information to the Borough of Ellwood City; the borough manager, Dom Vicarri immediately called us for additional information. I, in turn, contacted our legal counsel, Liberty Counsel, about the situation. They have communicated several times and advised the borough as to steps they can take to avoid litigation. The issue has come down not to the Christmas display itself, but comments made by some of those representing the borough.