Last year the city of Lowell, Massachusetts moved its nativity scene from public to private property, which is of course where it belongs. But this year the Lowell City Council has voted unanimously to move it back because they only care what Jesus thinks, not what you puny people think.
The council voted unanimously to approve Councilor Rita Mercier’s motion requesting that the Nativity set be returned to its traditional location at JFK Plaza next to City Hall despite legal concerns by the city’s top lawyer.
In addition, the council incorporated Councilor William Samaras’ amendment to Mercier’s motion asking the city to examine expanding the display to also honor other traditions and cultures.
This past season the city had moved the scene to the yard of nearby St. Anne’s Church after receiving complaints about the display being on government property, which prompted a legal analysis.
“Were we afraid of being sued?” Mercier said. “Because if we were, this is one lawsuit I would have no objection to fight all the way.”
Famous last words of elected officials spending other people’s money. She should ask the Dover school board how that attitude worked out for them.
“I don’t worry about what other people think,” Mercier said. “I worry about who that figure laying in the manger represents. I fear what he thinks.”
Yes, I’m sure the guy who said that you should pray in private rather than in public will care a great deal about whether this little piece of kitsch is on public or private property.