The record leaves no room for doubt that, as the owner of the creche stated during his deposition, "[o]bviously the purpose of it was to celebrate Christmas." ... [Also] there is no dispute that in December 2013, Judge Pendergrass [the County CEO] denied at least two separate requests to install a banner near the creche stating "Happy Solstice."The court in its judgment entered a declaratory judgment and injunction, and awarded $1 in nominal damages, against the county and its CEO in his official capacity. It held that the county CEO in his personal capacity had qualified immunity from a damage claim. The court's injunction provides that defendants must either
(1) refrain from placing any religiously sectarian seasonal display on the courthouse grounds, or (2) create a public forum on the courthouse grounds for a seasonal display open to persons of all faiths as well as of no faith at all, without discrimination on the basis of viewpoint.Ozarks First reports on the decision.