Ellwood City Still Trying

Ellwood City is still trying … trying to ignore the Constitution with a convoluted plan with a lottery, with the goal of keeping nativity on the front lawn of City Hall.

Rather  than just move the nativity down the street to private land, as Pittsburgh as done with a nativity now at Steel City Plaza some in Ellwood City want desperately to keep it right where it was last year.  The plan is that there will be a lottery and ONE person will get to display whatever they want for one month.

Other cities that have tried this have discovered atheists sometimes win lotteries, much to the consternation of religious folks. Imaging this display from Santa Monica on the lawn in City Hall for the holiday season.

But even if a devote follower wins and decides to display the nativity is does not remove the constitutional problems.  You can’t vote away constitutional rights and having a lottery can be seen as awarding special rights to the majority, which has a higher probability of winning the lottery.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation describes why this is wrong and has suggestions on what can be done between now and Monday.  The policy will be voted on at the Monday, July 16th Council Meeting. They suggest that we

Urge the Council to vote against the proposal and to attend the meeting if you can:

Mon., July 16, 2012 at 6 p.m.
525 Lawrence Avenue
Ellwood City, PA 16117

Emails can be routed to the council via the Borough Secretary Linda Pawlowski: lpecboro@zoominternet.net. If you can’t attend the meeting, please call the Ellwood City Council at (724) 758-7777 or at the numbers listed below. If you have Facebook please send them a message on Facebook as well.

Council members who want the Nativity on Public Property: Ask the members listed below to stop trying to violate the Constitution and start supporting it. Council Vice President Judith Dici is probably the swing vote and originally voted to remove the nativity. Kindly ask her to vote against the lottery proposal.

Judith Dici, Vice President (email through Borough Secretary, lpecboro@zoominternet.net)

Ralph Chiappetta – http://www.facebook.com/ralph.chiappetta.5
George Celli – http://www.facebook.com/george.celli.9
John Todorich – (email through Borough Secretary, lpecboro@zoominternet.net)

Council members who support FFRF and removal of Nativity: Please thank these members for standing up for the First Amendment and the Constitution. Ask them to continue their support. (Email them through Borough Secretary Linda Pawlowski, lpecboro@zoominternet.net.)

Anthony DeCarbo, President
Marilyn Mancini
Glenn Jones

Or send a letter to:
Ellwood City Council
525 Lawrence Avenue
Ellwood City, PA 16117
Fax: (724) 758-3091

The real shame is that Ellwood City Council has much more serious matters to attend to and is just wasting time trying circumvent the constitution.  If they choose the lottery, it will be followed by lawsuits and litigation, which is not what the Council should be spending on.

Pittsburgh moved it’s nativity up the street.  C’mon Ellwood City.  Is it really that hard to just do the right thing?

About SamStone

A Steel City Skeptic who thinks science and reason is the light that we should follow to find our way in this world.
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3 Responses to Ellwood City Still Trying

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  3. Roger Cazden says:

    Excellent point

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