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Commissioner says Brookville nativity scene staying put

BROOKVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A county commissioner from Franklin County says a nativity scene erected in front of the county's courthouse will remain on display despite a challenge from a group advocating for the separation of church and state.

Franklin County Commissioner Tom Wilson says the county had received two complaints about the scene depicting Jesus' birth from the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation.

That group says the nativity scene on public properly in Brookville about 60 miles southeast of Indianapolis violates the First Amendment and "is making outsiders of non-Christians."

Wilson said the nativity won't be removed unless a court orders its removal. He says the manger scene has been erected on the courthouse lawn for more than a half-century and reflects the beliefs of the largely Christian community.


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