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Ellwood City's Nativity goes up on private property


ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania town's Nativity display is up outside a former church after lawsuit threat prompted the town to remove the display from public property.

Ellwood City's Nativity scene was put in place Sunday. A local attorney had paid for a new display and set it up outside the former church.

Mayor Anthony Court says the new crèche in the new locations "doesn't sit well" with him. He says city council should have stood up to the complaint from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation.

A councilwoman tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the council reluctantly agreed to take down the display after the borough's solicitor called it a no-win situation.

The foundation says the outcome upholds the First Amendment and separation between church and state.

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