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Talk About Town: Is There A War on Christmas?

The annual 'nativity scene discussion' is heating up, and we want to hear what you think.

Every December, the holiday decorations go up around the Greater West Bloomfield with fun light displays on houses, and lit up trees in our shopping centers.

This month in Michigan, a Warren man won his court battle to be able to put up a nativity scene on Mound Road. According to Fox 2, it was something his family had done since the 1940s, until being stopped by Macomb County officials in 2008.

The scene will be up by Dec. 15.

These manger scene legal scuffles are some of the latest battles in what many—headed up by national TV station Fox News—have dubbed the "War on Christmas." From the use of Happy Holidays over Merry Christmas, to the end of Christmas trees and manger scenes in many municipalities, some argue that the nation is choosing political correctness over "the reason for the season."

But some cities celebrate the Christian holiday publicly without complaint. Dexter has a nativity scene, as well as Birmingham and Troy, which are set up by area churches. Plymouth has a scene in its downtown every year, but also has a Menorah. Farmington has bypassed one holiday display in favor of a "unity candle." Keego Harbor recently had a tree lighting ceremony and Sylvan Lake recently put up its nativity scene.

Recently a woman in White Lake has been standing at the intersection of M-59 and Elizabeth Lake Road holding signs with various sayings including, "Jesus is the greatest gift on Christmas."

West Bloomfield, Sylvan Lake, Orchard Lake, and Keego Harbor: Patch wants to know: is the Christmas holiday represented locally with good taste? Do you think there's a War on Christmas in the broader American society?

Tell us in comments.

Dave Henig December 14, 2012 at 12:39 PM
If my understanding of the interpretations of Separation of Church and State is correct, it is not permissible to put religious themed displays on public property.
Timothy Rath December 14, 2012 at 06:30 PM
David: If I'm not mistaken, the way it stands is that nativity scenes should be balanced with non-religious symbols such as Santa Claus. Do you think that practice violates the law?

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