What are the rules on religious symbols?

I am no lawyer, but I do have a genuine curiosity about controversial questions of our day, and try to learn as much as I can whenever I can.

That said, will somebody, preferably with legal analysis, please help me understand why evangelicals and/or governments are taken to court when a Nativity scene is displayed on government property, but the Jewish menorah can be placed on police cars, fire trucks and other government vehicles while parading down Washington Road, such as at Interstate 20 at 5:35 p.m. Dec. 1 during rush hour traffic.

Pardon the fun use of wording, but does the Jewish community get a "free ride" from the First Amendment? Or are only evangelicals and Muslims subject to litigation?

Although I enjoy the clever finesse through which this was done, who made the decision that allowed a religious group to use government property for the display of religious symbols on the above-said date, time and location, and is there a legal difference between government property that is stationary and government property that rolls?

Please help me understand.



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