A Michigan ‘civil rights’ group is threatening to sue the Newaygo Public School District if they do not remove a Wise Men and a star display from the top of an elementary school building.
According to CBN News, the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists (MACRA) put the county on notice after allegedly getting a complaint from a resident.
Mitch Kale of MACRA insisted that display was a clear violation of the Constitution and noted, “We’ve asked the school to remove what is in essence a nativity scene, from the top of the school, and from school property.”
He continued, “If this were on private property it wouldn’t be an issue.”
CBN reports that the school district’s Superintendent Peggy Mathis, argued in a now-deleted Facebook post, that the display was not really meant to be religious.
She wrote, “Newaygo Public Schools has a legitimate secular purpose for the display. We are both upholding the community’s tradition of celebrating a public holiday and attempting to point towards the importance of wisdom, knowledge, and open-mindedness.”
According to a local news station, 9 & 10 News, most citizens in the small town want the display to stay as it has been Newaygo Christmas tradition for over 70 years.
“It’s just a symbol of our community,” Newaygo resident Amy Postma told Eastern Michigan’s 9 & 10 News. “It’s always been there, and we love it. You can’t just take away something that we’ve always done,” she continued.
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Source: Christian Headlines