In the Blues Brothers, Ellwood and Jake Blues claimed they were on a mission from God. Anthony Court and Marty Griffin are the modern day equivalents of Ellwood and Jake. Confused, lost and angry about what they can’t control.
Anthony Court is the mayor of Ellwood City. Like the Grinch who just can’t relax and enjoy the holiday season, he refuses to accept reality. Or, the Constitution.
Ellwood City Mayor Anthony Court voted to keep it there, and still believes it should be there.
“We had to move it, but that’s not the end of the story,” said Mayor Court.
A couple of lighted trees and an empty sleigh at all the decorations left at City Hall; no nativity scene at all. The mayor says he believes that not what most residents want and plans to fight to get it back.
“I’m pretty sure 98 percent of our community is on the right side and that’s keeping it at City Hall and that’s my belief also,” said Mayor Court.
And the ring-leader in this mess was the KDKA commentator, Marty Griffin, who continues to fuel the fire.
It seems to be a never-ending Crèche controversy.
It is only never-ending to you, Marty.
The nativity scene that used to be in front of the Ellwood City Town Hall has now been moved down the street after last year’s legal battle with an out-of-town atheist group.
Said the out-of-town news reporter.
Pressured into moving the nativity scene to a local restaurant that used to be a Catholic church.
Private citizens chose to an erect a nativity on private land. And, that is news?
There was a protest at Christmas last year. More than 1,000 people came out, outraged over efforts by anti-religion organizations threatening legal action if the nativity scene wasn’t moved off of city property.
And so on, and so on. Marty Griffin, who apparently hates the constitution as much as he likes to promote sensationalist stories to gain listeners, continues to harp on half-truths and misconceptions. Never once has he mentioned the 1989 Supreme Court ruling, Allegheny County v ACLU, which established the guidelines for holiday displays. It was this court case that resulted in the removal of the nativity from the City-County Building in Pittsburgh and the creation of the privately funded display at Steel City Plaza.
Why doesn’t Marty Griffin protest the Steel City Plaza display? Why is that display wonderful in his eyes, but the Ellwood City nativity, now on private land, is a travesty and injustice?
It is because he has not interest in the truth.
Ellwood Court and Jake Griffin. On a mission from God.