Two years ago, Ellwood City came under fire from a Wisconsin-based group known as the Freedom From Religion Foundation for displaying a nativity scene in front the the municipal building.
The group wanted to post a Winter Solstice banner on the scene to renounce the endorsement of Christianity, though Mayor Anthony Court decided against using it.
Last year, the nativity scene arrived once again, this time on a trailer attached to a truck parked in front of the municipal building. Again, the Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened legal action, claiming that the truck and trailer received special parking accommodations. Court explained that he followed ordinances properly, and that the trailer rested completely within legal guidelines.
Now, a white trucked with an attached trailer is parked in front the building displaying the nativity scene yet again. The display arrived back on the street on Sunday, and the mayor discussed his reasoning behind bringing it back for a second consecutive year.
“My biggest concern is that people will forget about tradition,” Court said. “It is a lovable display, and I want to keep it alive. It keeps the community together and strong. As long as I am mayor, it will always be a part of Ellwood City. There are things in this world worth fighting for, and this definitely one of them in my eyes.”
Court ensured that the vehicle and trailer follow city parking guidelines.
“There is 2-hour free parking, and people will be out to move it accordingly,” Court added. “I have it outside my window so I can keep an eye on it.”
Court plans to keep the nativity scene up through the holiday season.