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Indiana courthouse nativity scene under protest

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BROOKVILLE, IN (FOX19) - A nativity scene that has been sitting in front of the Franklin County Courthouse for more than 50 years is under fire from an atheist group.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking Franklin County to move the nativity statue from the front of the courthouse. According to county leaders, this is the first and only complaint they have received to remove the statue.

Citizens of Brookville, Indiana are upset over the possibility of moving the nativity scene away from the courthouse.

Kevin Priessman owns White Tail Acres in Brookville and hopes the county will be able to come up with a solution.

"We've turned it over to our county attorney, Michael Wilhelm, we're waiting on his opinion but I'm sure sometime after the first of the year we'll decide what our course of action will be," said Priessman.

Annie Laurie Gaylor, the Freedom From Religion Foundation Co-President, says the foundation has not heard from the county's lawyer yet and will enforce legal precedent to remove it from government property.

People living in Brookville are planning to come together to rally Saturday at 1 p.m. to show support for keeping this nativity in front of the courthouse.

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