MENOMINEE, Mich. (AP) – A nativity scene surrounded by snowmen, Santa Claus and reindeer has been put up at a park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that saw complaints about an earlier display.
Menominee Mayor Jean Stegeman tells WLUK-TV the new display comes as the city tries to comply with the law by including secular and non-secular elements. Stegeman says he wants to “represent everybody.”
The original nativity scene from Great Lakes Memorial Marina Park was taken down earlier this year and got a new home at a church.
The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation says the group first reached out to the city in 2007 after a complaint from a Menominee resident. Ryan Jayne, an attorney with the foundation, says the group “would prefer not to have religious symbols on government property.”
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