Council votes to move display in 2012

Based on recommendations presented by Freedom From Religion representatives, the nativity scene will have a new location beginning in 2012 after council passed a motion to relocate the nativity scene to a yet-to-be-determined location next year.

Borough council solicitor Ed Leymarie collected two options that were presented to council Monday evening.  Many grudgingly voiced recommendations to avoid litigation tipping the council vote 4-2 in favor of removing the nativity scene for municipal property beginning in 2012.

Councilman Celli and councilman Chiapetta casted the dissenting votes.

Two options presented to council included leaving the nativity scene and displaying the banner submitted by the Freedom from Religion Foundation or leaving the scene and agreeing to move the display from government property in 2012.

Councilwoman Dici opened up the council comments suggesting the move to a private location citing the boroughs limited funds that would not merit a lengthy litigation process.

DeCarbo echoed the concern of funds if a court case would be merited.

“We cannot afford an expensive lawsuit,” said DeCarbo.  “I urge the council to move this thing,” DeCarbo added.

DeCarbo added that due to previous Supreme Court rulings, although in his opinion incorrect, there is now a law of the land and the council must support the constitution.

Councilman Jones also suggested moving the scene citing the best interests of borough tax payer money.

Chiapetta voiced his opinion in representing the community stating “we should not bow down to the pressure asserted.”

“The council represents the people of the community,” Chiapetta added.

An initial located offered by Councilwoman Mancini was the new stage location on Lawrence Avenue which is owned by the borough but leased to the Ellwood City Revitalization.  Construction is set to begin in 2012 on the community plaza.

Three public speakers had voiced opinions leading off the council meeting, including an FFRF member from Pittsburgh.  Two others urged the leaders of Ellwood City to comply with the constitution and settled case laws and questioned the necessity of advanced publicity for the setting of the Nativity.

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8 comments on “Council votes to move display in 2012

  1. I Live in North Sewickley, so I could care less about where the nativity scene is located, but this is what’s wrong with the world today – what was the point of getting the whole town fired up and together if your just going to let the GOD BASHERS WIN – Thanks for nothing Ellwood

  2. Erin Vith on said:

    Please don’t give in. Contact the American center for Law and Justice.
    aclj.org, this is an origination that can help

    Erin Vith, a very concerned Christian watching as we lose our country

  3. Stephanie Hart on said:

    This settled law. Thanks to the council for respecting the Constitution and thanks to FFRF for standing up for all Americans, religious or not!

  4. Thank you for upholding the Bill of Rights!

  5. EPluribusUnum on said:

    Thanks Ellwood City Council for a sensible and reasoned decision. I don’t think a nativity needed to be sited on public property to celebrate the miracle of the virgin birth of Jesus. The only reason it NEEDED to be there is to proclaim that “Ellwood a Christian town and if you don’t like it leave” which is what some were actually saying… actually making the perfect case for why it needed to go.

    Thanks for your courage to do the right thing.

  6. It is sickening what has happened to this country!! If those Athiests have nothing better to do then shun what other believe, SHAME on them. if they don’t like it, then don’t look at it!!! This country was built on Christianity. Why should we give up our freedom and beliefs? They do nothing but cause havoc, how many people do they help? They should just go back under their rocks!! Let’s stand united and move this country forward again, we are a FREE country, let’s keep it that way. QUIT MAKING EVERYONE BELIEVE IN THE SAME NONSENSE, LET EVERYONE BELIEVE IN WHAT THEY KNOW-RESPECT WHAT OTHERS BELIEVE INSTEAD OF TRYING TO CHANGE EVERYONE!!!

  7. Bert Johnson on said:

    Glad to see the local Government respecting Federal law and ensuring that the town does not break the law in the future. A sensible decision.

  8. Thanks but would NEVER have a group such as ffrp represent this AMERICAN!

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