Ellwood City Nativity
When the lights flicked on outside of Ellwood City Hall on Friday night for Light Up Night, the nativity scene that sat there for 55 years was noticeable absent. Those who grew up seeing it say it is missed.
It seems to be a never-ending Crèche controversy. The nativity scene that used to be in front of the Ellwood City Town Hall has now been moved down the street after last year’s legal battle with an out-of-town atheist group.
The battle continues over a nativity scene in Ellwood City. Last week, city council, worried about the cost of litigation, voted to move the nativity off city property next year. Now, a defiant Mayor Anthony Court says not so fast.
Limited borough funds and fears of lengthy litigation prompted council to vote 4-to-2 Monday night to leave the crèche where it is this year and move it in 2012 to a far less controversial spot.
An out-of-state atheist group was expected to face off with officials in a local community this morning over a nativity display at the municipal building; but the supposed showdown ended up being an overwhelming show of support.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, located in Wisconsin, is threatening legal action here, but the people of Ellwood City aren’t backing down from their 50-year-old tradition.
KDKA Radio’s Robert Mangino talks to Annie Laurie Gaylor from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.