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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 23, 2006
Town Allows Christmas Décor After Pressure from Residents
and Liberty Counsel
Racine, WI - Robert Wortock has been pressing Racine, Wisconsin since last December to celebrate Christmas in the town. He was unsuccessful last year, but worked all year to gain support for Christmas. He galvanized a large coalition of area churches and residents to bring the Christmas issue before the Racine Common Council. Mr. Wortock also contacted Liberty Counsel for assistance, and Liberty Counsel sent a letter to the mayor explaining that Christmas celebrations are constitutional. Last week, after a heated debate, the Council agreed overwhelmingly, with a 14-1 vote, to allow annual Christmas displays including a nativity scene, a Christmas tree and Christmas banners.
During the 2005 Christmas season, Racine had holiday decorations, but no Christmas trees, nativity scenes, or Christmas banners. Last year, the town called its Christmas tree a "community tree."
Liberty Counsel, a nationwide, public interest civil liberties law firm, launched its fourth annual Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign, and is experiencing another active season defending attacks on Christmas celebrations. On its web site, www.LC.org
, Liberty Counsel offers a Help Save Christmas™ action pack, which includes educational legal memoranda to educate government officials, teachers, parents, students, private businesses, employees and others that it is legal to celebrate Christmas. The action pack also includes a very popular "I ? CHRISTmas™" button, bumper stickers and other items to promote Christmas.
Anita Staver, President of Liberty Counsel, commented: "There has been a disturbing trend toward censorship of Christmas celebrations, but people all across America are fighting back to help save Christmas. We applaud Racine, Wisconsin for listening to reason and for allowing its residents to recognize the national holiday of Christmas. Christmas IS constitutional. Our Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign is stirring millions of Americans to help save Christmas and to preserve our religious freedom before it is lost forever."