Charleston fire station modifies nativity display, puts it back up

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A South Carolina fire station that removed a nativity display after a complaint has put it back up after adding other holiday decorations.

The Charleston Fire Department announced today that one of its stations has modified its holiday display to comply with U.S. Supreme Court rulings. It has added a menorah, Kwanzaa Kinara, Santa Claus, elves and reindeer.

Chief Thomas Carr Jr. says the nativity scene is one part of celebrating the holiday season.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter dated Dec. 17 asking city officials to remove the display because it promoted one religion over another. It was taken down in response.

Foundation co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor says that the change is a sham but that the display now appears to fall within the law.

 

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