Group Targets ‘Christ In Christmas’ Sign
December 14, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
PITMAN, Pa., Dec. 14 (UPI) — A national group advocating separation of church and state says a Pennsylvania town’s sign reading, “Keep Christ in Christmas” violates the Constitution.
Andrew Seidel, a consultant with the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Wisconsin, said a Pitman, Pa., resident complained to his group about having to pass the downtown sign located near a group of shops, every day on his way to work, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday.
Seidel said his group believes the borough is violating the U.S. Constitution by allowing the sign to promote Christmas and Christianity on public property.
“‘Keep Christ in Christmas’ is so blatantly an endorsement of a single religious view,” he said. “You can’t be free to believe what you believe if the government is picking a corner, taking a side. It makes all non-adherents feel like political outsiders, and it’s not OK for government to make people feel they don’t belong.”
The sign, which is sponsored by Catholic fraternal organization the Knights of Columbus, has been hung in downtown Pitman annually for several years.
“If you took a poll, I doubt you’d find many people against it,” said Dennis Merlino, an official with the Knights of Columbus in nearby Mantua. “I don’t know why it is that people think that because you put up a sign, you’re against everything else.”