The small town of Collins, Mississippi has an annual tradition they’ve been celebrating for every holiday season for fifteen years – Christmas in the Park.
Now, a group of atheist lawyers from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) are demanding the town tear down six displays that include a set of Latin Crosses and light displays of Christ walking across the water.
According to the atheist group, the small town shouldn’t be allowed to leave up these decorations year round, because it makes Collins City Park ‘un-welcoming’ to atheists and other religions.
They’re demanding this town of just over 2,500 residents spend money and effort tearing down the small decorations, despite having stood for years without local complaints.
Should the town refuse, it could face an expensive lawsuit from the FFRF on grounds they’ve violated the establishment clause by leaving Christmas displays up year-round.
On the heels of the groups vicious lawsuit to install a 8-foot statue of Satan at the Arkansas State House, their successful dismantling of the Ten Commandments in Oklahoma, and now this attack on a small town’s traditions in Mississippi, many are wondering where the atheist group’s next target will be.
Collins City Park features light displays and Christmas music. It normally opens at the end of November, and is open Thursday through Saturday nights during the holiday season.
According to their website, the display is “A community participation event to celebrate the Christmas season. Our goal is to light up our city park for everyone to enjoy.”
The city has yet to respond to the letter.