Nebraska town removes, then restores, nativity scene

Posted: Friday, December 08, 2000

BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) -- A nativity scene is back on public land after four attorneys volunteered to defend the city against possible American Civil Liberties Union action.

The ACLU raised the issue after a resident complained about the display. Mayor Vaughn Lyne met the city council and had the nativity scene moved to a Lutheran church, saying, ''We just don't have the money to be spending for legal services.''

But the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce, which owns the nativity scene, asked the city to return it to the city square, and the mayor and city council agreed when free legal help was offered.

Attorney Jim Duncan, who practices in Broken Bow, said the city is on solid ground because it doesn't own the display or limit access to public space. A posted sign on the square explains that other points of view are welcome.

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