Resident Skirts Constitution By Displaying Nativity In Truck
A resident of Arkansas was able to skirt the laws of the Constitution by leaving a Nativity in a pickup truck.
The Baxter County Courthouse in Mountain Home, Arkansas was ground zero for a Freedom of Religion lawsuit in 2015. According to this story in the Baxter Bulletin, a privately-owned Nativity had been set up on the courthouse grounds each holiday season for decades, without issue, until recently: in 2015, a resident requested permission to erect a "Happy Winter Solstice" banner. That request was denied and, soon after, the lawsuit was filed.
A judge ruled in favor of the woman requesting to erect the sign - which gave the county 2 choices: either allow displays from different faiths or allow no displays at all.
The county chose to not allow displays from other faiths on the premises, so now NO religious displays are allowed on the courthouse grounds at all which, in my opinion, is a loss for everyone involved. Not all think that way, though - especially this Facebook user:
Christians, here is a way to look at the loss of this on our square. We really won one for our God. If we had stuck with fighting this in court and won, we would have had to look at all the other peoples sinful stuff they would put up on our square, so really it is a win for our God because we stopped the sinful stuff from being put up. We have got to win everyone we can for God. No matter how we do it. Wouldn't you agree? - Arlene Whiting, Facebook
In other words, "If you aren't a member of our club, you don't get to have a say in our community". Am I right? Why isn't she willing to share the space with other religions? Wouldn't it be most fair to allow people of all faiths a platform in the public space since it's those very people who make up the community? I just don't get it.
Anyhoot, to skate the ruling, someone pulled up at the courthouse with the display in the back of their pickup truck.
Where there's a loophole, there's a way!
Happy Winter Solstice, y'all, and Merry Christmas.