Away With The Manger?

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 2:27pm

Iowa town removes nativity scene from annual Christmas decorations.

There is controversy brewing in Oskaloosa, all because of Christmas decorations on the town square.

The city decorated their tree and put out a nativity scene last week, causing quite a buzz around town.

"I was looking around the park to see if there was any other religious or non-religious displays representing any Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Agnostics, and there wasn't anything," says Oskaloosa resident Aiyanna Looney.

Looney wrote a letter to the city asking them to take down the nativity scene or find a way to represent all religions, not just the Christian faith.

"This is about fairness, representing minority religions, and respecting everyone who lives in this town, even if there is one Muslim family and one Hindu family, they're here and they deserve respect," says Looney.

City council member Aaron Ver Steeg says the city took down the nativity scene and the city council will hold a special meeting to discuss the complaint. Ver Steeg says he wants the nativity scene to stay.

"I'm one of the believers that our religious freedoms are being taken away by a select few people, I think this person who complained is in the minority and I think I have to speak for the majority," says Councilman Ver Steeg.

Ver Steeg will point to a Supreme Court ruling that states a nativity scene can be present in a city park as long as a non-secular item such as a Christmas tree is also displayed.

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