Merry Christmas signs have been banned in Bethlehem New York.
Bethlehem bigots have banned signs celebrating the holiday at an intersection in the town that has become a local battleground for the War on Christmas.
Officials from Bethlehem, New York had a “Happy Hanukkah” sign and a “Merry Christmas” sign removed from a busy intersection and have refused to put up any new holiday signs out of fear the signs would be breaking the law, The Albany-Times Union reports. The town’s lawyer reportedly said Christmas trees and other symbols were acceptable, but written signs would not be allowed, a decision that has caused an uproar in the local community.
“Moreover, there is limited space at the Four Corners, and adding signage could potentially be visually distracting to motorists,” the town’s attorney James Potter said in a Dec. 14 email to a complaining resident.
The Alliance Defending Freedom has advised them they have broken no laws but they did not relent.
“No one should fear that saying ‘Merry Christmas’ on a sign like this will violate the Constitution. It does not,” Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Joseph La Rue said in a statement. “The courts, all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, have been clear that the government can erect Christmas signs and displays, including even Nativity scenes, without having to fear a constitutional violation.”
The signs are still banned.
Bethlehem has become a Christmas battleground for the bigots.
For anyone who values, freedom, for any Jew, for any Christian – practicing or not, this bigotry should be considered an affront.
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