I noticed in our most recent church newsletter (First Lutheran), that the City and County had both approved the request by a group of local churches to purchase, and place, a life-size Nativity set on the Courthouse lawn. First, I would question the legality of having a faith-specific religious symbol displayed on public property.
Second, if it is legal, having a Christian symbol in front of our Courthouse gives the impression that our community may seem limiting to people of other faiths, or those who do not ascribe to a specific faith. People of other faiths might not feel they are welcome.
I would hope that is not the impression Centerville wants to give.
It also seems that if the religious community is interested in a physical display of the true meaning of Christmas, it would be more meaningful to use the $12,000 to offer housing to the homeless, resupply the Lord’s Cupboard shelves, help with transportation or health costs and utility bills. That would be the ‘action’ of a Christian.
Individual churches are welcome to display whatever religious symbolism they wish ... on their church property.