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Citizens hold rally in support of nativity scene

BROOKVILLE, IN (FOX 19) – Christians living in Brookville are ready to push back after a formal complaint to remove the nativity from government property.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation says placing the scene in front of the Franklin County Courthouse is in violation of the First Amendment.

"If this was on private property, fine. But when this is in a government setting with a flag pole it seems to be tying being a good American citizen with being a Christian and that is making outsiders of non-Christians in your community," says Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the foundation.

People in Brookville are signing a petition and say Christians have the same freedoms.

"This is our right, this is our season. These people who don't want to celebrate or don't want us to put out these symbols of Christianity don't have a problem with taking paid holidays," says Pam Henson.

County Commissioner Tom Wilson says the county is willing to compromise by making the display more secular by adding a Santa Claus, reindeer and additional holiday lights.

"We're not so closed minded to think that other people think differently or the Jewish people or anybody. If they want to come set something up tasteful I have no problem with them doing that," says Wilson.

But the foundation says according to legal precedent the nativity cannot be the focus of the display.

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