I’ve written before about the city of Berkley, Michigan and the controversy over their nativity display. Here’s a city who handled it exactly right, I think. The city council voted to turn the display over to a group of local clergy and it will now rotate among the churches in the city. It’s a perfect common sense solution. The creche still goes up, the citizens can still visit it and enjoy it, but it’s not on city property where it sends a message of exclusivity (if the city hall grounds were an open forum where all religious groups could put up a display, that would be different and would resolve the problem in another way).
And it seems to me that the Christians there should be happy with this as well. Keeping the creche on city property required adding in a bunch of secular symbols as well, watering down the religious significance of the display. I can’t imagine why they would prefer to do that and keep it on city property rather than have it on church property where they have no such restrictions. Naturally, STACLU is upset about it.