"Christ in Christmas" sign causes controversy in NJ
PITMAN, N.J. - December 14, 2011 (WPVI) -- A national group is asking officials in the southern New Jersey town of Pitman to take down a banner that says "Keep Christ in Christmas."
The Freedom From Religion Foundation says the banner violates the Constitution because it was put up by members of the local fire department and hangs from two town-owned light posts over a county-owned road.
The banner was paid for by a Knights of Columbus group. Officials say a similar banner has hung over the town about a dozen miles south of Philadelphia for the past 50 years.
Freedom From Religion says the banner should be moved to private property.
Some agree, but most residents Action News spoke with are OK with the banner.
"I think the sign is fine. Christmas means Christ, it's Christ's birthday," Mike Downham said.
"It's Christmas, it's Christmastime, Christmas holiday, you should have a right to express that," Louis Kramer said.
"As an atheist, I do find that offensive," Zackery Wolfe said.
The mayor says he's asked a town lawyer to look into the situation.
Photo Courtesy: The Courier-Post
new jersey, gloucester county, christmas, local/state
- Plane's landing gear collapses at Phila. Airport 1 min ago
- After a Cold Night, Temps Rebound 40 min ago
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- WATCH: Action News Online
- Photos: Pictures of Old City building collapse
- Photos: Suspects wanted by Philadelphia Police
- 5 arrested after Logan murder, standoff
- Police: Coatesville man died before fire began
- NJ charges 4 with false Sandy aid applications
- After 6 days, Malaysian jet mystery still unsolved
- Mississippi man who awakened inside body bag dies
- 7th body recovered after NYC explosion
- Philadelphia Zoo welcomes 2 new tiger cubs
- Video: Man punches boy, 8, steals his iPad