The Grundy County Courthouse in Illinois has long had a Nativity scene up on the front lawn, leading to warnings from church/state separation groups over the past two years. This year, in order to avoid a lawsuit, county officials opened up the forum to anyone who requested a display. Which is why you’ll now see a large menorah, an interfaith banner (on the way), and a secular Bill of Rights display:
Patrick Elliott, staff attorney with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, said that while his group would prefer that no displays be present on government property, he feels the county has addressed the legal issue.
He said the group will be setting up its own display similar to ones it’s had in Chicago, Arlington Heights, Streator and Ottawa. The display will show the founding fathers looking at the Constitution with admiration.
“Our members are non-religious so we look at winter solstice, and the Bill of Rights was signed in December,” he said.
Works for me. And so far, the group that put up the Nativity scene has no problem sharing the space, which is just as it should be since they don’t own it.