In the news over the past week: The Pennsylvania town of Chambersburg has for years had a traditional Nativity scene displayed in its Memorial Square, which is public property.

A member of Pennsylvania Nonbelievers (a chapter of American Atheists), sent a letter to City Council requesting that a simple sign be placed on the square honoring Atheist Veterans.

The council's response was to ban all non-secular displays, rather than allow this one. Their concern was that any extremist group could then demand to have a display posted on public property.

Unsurprisingly, there were angry responses from many Christians, some of whom aimed their vitriol at atheists in general, and at Carl Silverman, the individual who requested the sign.

On Saturday there was a protest to demand restoration of the Nativity, which was attended by around 100 people according to estimates.

PA Nonbelievers Blog:

Chambersburg Borough Council decides nativity scene must be removed...

Letter from Chambersburg Area Atheist Veteran

News Outlets:

Group marches on Chambersburg's public square to restore Nativity s...

Chambersburg bans town-square displays over non-Christian request

Americans United:

Christmas Clash: Religious Right Exploits Battles Over Symbols And ...

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