Ellwood City is back in the news with a new rolling nativity. Mike Parisi kept an unconstitutional Christmas tradition alive by hauling in a nativity scene with his truck in Ellwood City today and parking right in front of City Hall.
Supporters formed a motorcade as Parisi drove the nativity scene into town Thursday afternoon.
Officials in Ellwood City did away with their display — a 50-year tradition — after the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened to sue.
A local attorney paid for a new creche and set it up outside a former church he owns.
Parisi said he’s keeping his display legal by parking as close to borough property without crossing the line.
“I came into town and saw what was going on. I saw people coming into town and telling us what we can and can’t do. That’s when I got passionate,” Parisi said.
Parisi said he’ll move the display every two hours if that’s what it takes to let Ellwood City have a nativity scene.
Borough officials said they won’t disrupt the display if it doesn’t violate parking or other laws.
Ahem. According to KDKA Radio, Mayor Anthony (Ellwood) Court apparently told Parisi earlier tonight: Just leave there until after Christmas. We won’t ticket you. Come again? What other laws do you plan on not enforcing Mayor Court? Inquiring minds want to know.
… just as long as I got my Plastic Jesus, sitting on the flatbed of my truck …