Watchdog group wants Ohio village to remove nativity scene


ST. BERNARD, Ohio (AP) – A national watchdog group wants a village in suburban Cincinnati to remove a nativity scene that the group says violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of separation of church and state.

The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation says the village of St. Bernard could face legal action if the display in front of its City Hall isn’t removed.

Foundation officials say they recently sent a letter to the village, saying that it can’t continue to display the nativity scene on village property and asking for a written response after it’s removed.

St. Bernard’s law director says the village administration has no intention of removing the nativity scene. He says it’s merely part of a larger display including other secular symbols of Christmas and doesn’t violate the Constitution.

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