Site of Mich. Nativity scene at center of dispute

The site of a Nativity scene in suburban Detroit is at the center of a dispute involving a national nonprofit for atheists and agnostics.
AP Wire
Dec 21, 2011

 

The Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation issued a press release Tuesday saying it wants to put up a sign inside Warren City Hall stating in part that religion is a “myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”

Warren Mayor James Fouts told The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens that the city “cannot accept hostile displays that are personal attacks on religion.”

The group last year also made an issue of the Nativity scene at City Hall. It’s the fourth consecutive year for the display.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation made similar efforts in other parts of the country related to Nativity scenes.

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sirhansalot

It is time for the city of grand haven to stop pushing it’s Nativity scene on the community. It is loud and does not belong on city property. Remember who was the first to raise a cross on Dewey Hill was the KKK, Not everyone in the this area believes in your god.

newsblogger

Nobody is forcing anyone to participate so why are you trying to force your beliefs on everyone else?

sirhansalot

Newsblogger.... If you go downtown it’s all you can hear and see.

"Nobody is forcing anyone to participate so why are you trying to force your beliefs on everyone else"

It’s on public land !!!!! I do not have a choice…They are forcing it on anyone who goes there. If it’s at a church that is fine. Dewey hill is public land. Grand haven is changing with more people from different back grounds, it is time to stop thinking that grand haven is a all white Dutch Christian community, it is not.

newsblogger

So it should be your way or no way? Is that what you are saying? Your argument is not valid because you are trying to force people the community stop celebrating their way, yet demanding they view things your way. FYI the majority of people are in favor of things the way they are. Majority rules, don't like it.. put it to a vote and see for yourself. The nativity scene is tradition for Grand Haven and as much as you hate it.. a lot of people like it and even travel to Grand Haven to see it and hear the music while shopping in the downtown district. It is good for tourism and harms nobody. Do you really shop downtown so much that it is an issue or is it more your life is so empty you feel the need to complain about Christmas decorations and music being played in the downtown area? How about you just stop shopping downtown.. If I do not like a business or its practices I simply go elsewhere rather than force my beliefs onto anyone. I will pray for you, not because you don't want me to but because its my prerogative who I pray for and you cannot take that from me or anyone. Merry Christmas and may God bless you and your family this coming year and always.

sirhansalot

Thank you for letting us all know more about you!!! I would like to responded to each one of your mindless comments.1."Your argument is not valid because you are trying to force people the community stop celebrating their way, yet demanding they view things your way'
NO, I never asked that the nativity scene be removed from public view. My suggestion is to have it placed at a Church not Dewey hill.2. The nativity scene is tradition for Grand Haven and as much as you hate it.....
I NEVER said I hated anything about the nativity scene, The fact that it’s on public property is the issue.
3. "or is it more your life is so empty you feel the need to complain about Christmas decorations and music being played in the downtown area?. I love x-mass decorations it’s the nativity scene that is at issue newsblogger! 4. I will pray for you... Great idea waste more of your time and life living in a fantasy world where you feel the need to be saved......

Skeptic Trucker

As much as I personally enjoy the nativity scenes myself, public and government property are not the proper locations for such things. Since Christmas is a national government holliday, I have no problem with all the secular decorations such as trees and santas, but the nativity should be relegated to churches and other private lands.

 

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