Montgomery (Louisiana) Officials Receive Warning Not to Promote Christianity in Future Holiday Celebrations December 23, 2014

Montgomery (Louisiana) Officials Receive Warning Not to Promote Christianity in Future Holiday Celebrations

Last week, I posted about a peculiar posting on the Facebook page for the town of Montgomery, Louisiana. It was for their annual Christmas celebration and featured a possibly-illegal tagline:

As I asked then: Why is the city not-so-subtly talking about how it’ll make sure this is a Christian celebration? Are non-Christians not allowed to participate in the event? What kind of “Fellowship” are they talking about? And why is the banner image for the celebration a great big Nativity scene?

This was an event better suited for a church, not city hall.

Yesterday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a warning letter to the mayor and city council members. Attorney Sam Grover wrote:

If the Town wishes to host holiday celebrations in the future, the events cannot include fellowship or other scheduled religious activity and cannot be advertised in a way that promotes Christianity over all other religions. Private groups remain free to organize their own religious events if they wish, but the Town cannot organize or promote such an event. We request a response in writing about what steps you are taking to end this constitutional violation.

For now, the advertisement remains on the town’s Facebook page, and the festivities already took place over the weekend, but the letter may prevent events like this in the future.

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