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Submission + - Governor Tramples First Ammendment

bladesjester writes: "Ohio's Governor, Ted Strickland, has ordered that Nativity scenes be replaced at two state parks because they are "an appropriate part of our traditional holiday displays".

In response to concerns voiced over violation of the First Amendment, it was stated that some other symbols would be allowed on a case-by-case basis (at least one has already been refused).

If someone wanted to add a menorah near the Nativity scene, that would be acceptable, but not a Zoroastrian symbol, according to Strickland's spokesperson, Keith Dailey. "It's not something that is traditionally displayed" during the holidays, he said.

In a related note, the article touched on a similar controversy in the town of Whitehall in which the City Council refuses to remove the prominently displayed Nativity scene on public grounds. In response to the outcry, City Council member Chris Rodriguez said "I think people should get over it and stop being so smug about their rights.""

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