Times Leader Interview: My Side of the Story – 12/18

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It wasn’t Justin Vacula’s distaste for religion that brought him to question the manger scene and menorah on the Luzerne County Courthouse lawn, but his respect for the law.
“I saw the Nativity scene that was lighted up,” said the King’s College student. “I figured it was unconstitutional, so I made the complaint to the ACLU to check on this, and they informed that was, in fact, the case. … I feel it’s our duty as American citizens to stay true to the Constitution.” Read More

Citizens Voice Article – Courthouse – 12/17

BY COULTER JONES, STAFF WRITER

Published: December 17, 2009

Luzerne County removed its nativity scene and menorah displays from the courthouse lawn Wednesday after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue the county on the basis the display is unconstitutional.

County Solicitor Vito DeLuca said the county received notice from the ACLU several weeks ago about the display. After it was clear the ACLU would continue with legal action unless the display was completely removed, they decided to take it down. DeLuca said the county’s insurance would automatically kick in if the county is sued. Read More

WNEP Video – Courthouse – 12/17

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A nativity scene and menorah are gone after causing controversy at the Luzerne County courthouse.


The American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue if the displays were not removed.

The actual manger was taken off the lawn outside the Luzerne County courthouse Thursday morning.

As for the rest of the nativity scene and the menorah, all of that was taken inside Wednesday night and is in the the basement of the courthouse. Read More

Press Release – Courthouse Victory

https://www.au.org/media/press-releases/pennsylvania-county-agrees-to-remove-religious-symbols-from-courthouse-lawn

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Pennsylvania County Agrees To Remove Religious Symbols From Courthouse Lawn

Luzerne County Courthouse Display Of Nativity Scene And Menorah Violated Constitution, Civil Liberties Groups Advised

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 17, 2009

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