The Letter Reads (via Malakoffnews )
Madison, WI, 53701
It is our information and understanding that a large nativity scene is on display at the Henderson County Courthouse and that it is the only seasonal display on the grounds (see photo enclosed). It is unlawful for the County to maintain, erect, or host this nativity scene, thus singling out, showing preference for, and endorsing one religion. The Supreme Court has ruled it is impermissible to place a nativity scene as the sole focus of a display on government property. See Allegheny v. ACLU of Pittsburgh, 492 U.S. 573 (1989); Lynch v. Donnelly, 465 U.S. 668 (1983).
KLTV.com is reporting:
The group says a concerned Henderson County resident complained to them, so now they are trying to take action by forcing the county to take down the nativity scene. Sanders says that’s not going to happen.
“We believe that we’re in compliance with the law and with us being in compliance with the law, we feel like it’s here legally and we’re going to leave it here,” said Sanders.
Commentary: That is what I love about Texas; the motto here isn’t come to happyland or some other politically correct malarkey the motto here is: “Don’t Mess With Texas”. Down here we like our God, guns and freedom and when you mess with them… well, just refer back to our motto.
We especially don’t take kindly to outsiders from Wisconsin or any other state coming here and trying to tell us how to live.
Here is a suggestion for the “complainant” in this case: if a nativity scene offends you, don’t look at it. Let’s be real for a moment; I have to be subjected to people walking around wearing t-shirts (even on public property) that say F*!@ You and no one is allowed to stop them not even when children are around.
You see the First Amendment doesn’t protect you from being offended but in fact protects the offensive. If you are offended we certainly understand your pain as we deal with plenty of offensive things and are asked to tolerate it. So, why don’t you try that too….hate it, protest it, complain about it but in the end tolerate it and be on your way.