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Should US State, Federal Governments Acknowledge Christmas?


This week the American Civil Liberties Union of the U.S. state of Indiana filed a lawsuit challenging the placement of a religious Nativity scene outside the Franklin County courthouse.

The Nativity scene on display outside the Franklin County Courthouse in Brookville, Indiana. (Photo provided by ACLU of Indiana)

The Nativity scene on display outside the Franklin County Courthouse in Brookville, Indiana. (Photo provided by ACLU of Indiana)

The lawsuit alleges the Nativity scene is a violation of the First Amendment because it suggests the county endorses Christianity.

Meanwhile, a new Pew Research poll finds 72 percent of U.S. adults believe Christian symbols like nativity scenes should be allowed on government property.

Believing the Christmas story is apparently not a requirement for enjoying the holiday. A 2013 Pew survey found that 81 percent of non-Christians in the United States observe Christmas in some way.

Tell us what you think and we may include your comment in a future post about this topic on our All About America blog.

Do you think governments and other public institutions should keep religious elements out of holiday displays on public property?

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