ACLU Suing Town For Displaying Nativity Scene

An attorney for the ACLU of Indiana says a new ordinance declaring a county's courthouse lawn open to all viewpoints won't end a federal lawsuit challenging a Nativity scene displayed there each December for a half-century. The ACLU of Indiana sued Franklin County in December on behalf of the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation. The suit contends the display violates the First Amendment because it “represents an endorsement of religion.” ACLU attorney Gavin Rose says the plaintiffs still want the court to declare the previous years' Nativity displays unconstitutional despite the ordinance. The county's attorney contends the case is now moot in light of the county's new ordinance.