Mayor proposes new policy for holiday displays

October 15, 2008 7:31:45 AM PDT
Green Bay's mayor has proposed a new policy for holiday displays on city property a week after a federal lawsuit over a nativity scene at City Hall was dismissed. Mayor Jim Schmitt says Santa, reindeer and other non-religious displays would be allowed, but Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus and other religious scenes should be reserved for private property.

The proposal is expected to go to a City Council committee next week.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit over last year's nativity scene at City Hall. A federal judge dismissed that lawsuit last week because the nativity display had been taken down. The judge didn't rule on the merits of the case.