Here’s an interesting twist on the usual battles over holiday displays on government property: a Christian complaining about displays that celebrate Judaism but not Christianity. And it happened in a town I know well, Southfield, Michigan.
A menorah that has been part of Southfield’s outdoor holiday display for the past three years has become a hot potato that is going into cold storage.
The decision to exclude it from this year’s holiday scene was based on information that Southfield purchased the $750 menorah in 2000.
When a member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Southfield learned about the menorah and approached the city about displaying a creche, the city had to respond.
“A city can’t own a menorah any more than it can own a cross or nativity scene. To display it, knowing we bought it with tax dollars, is inappropriate,” said Southfield’s chief attorney, Jack Beras.
The city was right to remove it. Let these religious holiday displays to up at churches, synagogues and mosques where they belong. Leave the government out of it.