12/20 Times Leader Article

December 21, 2009

Protesters have their say

BILL O ’ BOYLE boboyle@timesleader.com

WILKES-BARRE – About 30 people showed up Sunday to rally for the return of the holiday displays to the Luzerne County Courthouse lawn – a decision that has already been made by the county’s leadership.

While the protesters listened to brief speeches, several children played in the background – some of them lying down on the courthouse lawn to make snow angels to add a touch of irony to the day. The rally was held on the site where the manger scene and menorah stood until last week. Read More

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