Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Suit Challenges City's Ban On Religious Christmas Displays On Public Property

The Knights of Columbus filed suit in a Delaware federal district court yesterday challenging Rehoboth Beach's policy adopted in 2018 of allowing only secular Christmas displays at the city's Bandstand Circle. The complaint (full text) in Knights of Columbus Star of the Sea Council 7297 v. City of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, (D DE, filed 6/23/2020), alleges that since the 1930's a nativity scene had been displayed there during the Christmas season. It contends that the city, in allowing private groups to still erect secular displays, but insisting that the K of C display be placed on private property, violates plaintiff's free speech, free exercise and equal protection rights. First Liberty Institute issued a press release announcing the filing of the lawsuit.