Ellwood City Mayor Fights To Keep Same Nativity Scene Location

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ELLWOOD CITY, Pa.,None - Ellwood City is planning to move its nativity display off public property next year to avoid a lawsuit from an anti-religion advocacy group, but the mayor and hundreds of residents are lobbying to reverse the decision.

Ellwood City's borough council voted to move the display away from the municipal building after a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The mayor, and residents like Patti Kuhn, aren't happy with the decision to move the display.

"It's a tradition," said Kuhn. "It's been there. We're a very Christian community. We support other faiths as well."

"I don't know why they're so concerned with a little borough like Ellwood City," said resident Gary Marsano. "We're not harming anybody."

"The thought that someone could find images like this offensive is pretty offensive to me," said resident Morris Turner.

The mayor plans to meet with borough council on Monday evening.

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