by Max Brantley
"There's a lot of law cited here, but really what it says is that it's unconstitutional to have a display unless it's equally open to everyone," Schulze said. "Frankly, my client would far prefer a display open to everyone equally without discrimination."
The suit contends the nativity scene is unconstitutional and that the county refuses to allow religions other than Christianity, or anyone with no religion, to have representation on the courthouse lawn. In 2013 and 2014, the suit notes Pendergrass denied requests to place a "Happy Winter Solstice" banner on the lawn, and that last year he wouldn't allow a menorah to be placed on the courthouse property.