Ellwood City, again. They want their Nativity and they want it on public property. Not everyone. Just the mayor and few vocal citizens. Mike Parisi came up with a unique solution, which is a rolling nativity that would be parked in front of City Hall and moved every 2 hours to comply with city parking ordinances. The trailer came; the trailer parked; and the trailer stayed. Since Dec 6th, it has remained in front of city hall without getting ticketed, towed, or moving on down the road.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which fought to get off city property earlier this year, has protested the special treatment. In a letter sent Dec. 26, FFRF Staff Attorney, Patrick Elliot, writes:
If the Borough’s ordinances are unenforced against this display, Ellwood City is demonstrating its preference and endorsement of a sectarian religious message. Selective enforcement of neutral parking regulations poses a serious constitutional problem.
There is a simple solution to the problem. Stop messing around and obey the Constitution! There should be no exceptions; No exceptions at all.
And, particularly no exceptions for the spelling challenged.