FFRF halts Alabama city’s ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’ parade

FFRF received word Dec. 1 that a city-sponsored “Keep Christ in Christmas”-themed parade meant to “reflect our strong belief in prayers” would be retitled the “City of Piedmont Christmas Parade.” An attorney for the city of Piedmont, Ala., wrote a letter notifying Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel that the parade would be renamed pursuant to FFRF’s request.

FFRF sent a letter Nov. 24, challenging the unconstitutional theme on behalf of a local complainant. The theme “alienates non-Christians and others in Piedmont who do not in fact have a ‘strong belief in prayers’ by turning them into political outsiders in their own community,” wrote Seidel, explaining that a “Keep Christ in Christmas” parade was not a permissible secular Christmas celebration.

FFRF also wrote to Piedmont City Schools after the official Piedmont High School Facebook page advertised the parade. The post has since been edited to reflect the revised theme.

“We are pleased the City of Piedmont has decided to demonstrate respect for its non-Christian and nonreligious citizens,” said FFRF Co-President Dan Barker.

FFRF is a prominent national state/church watchdog, with 21,500 members, including more than 200 in Alabama, as well as a state chapter, the Alabama Freethought Association.

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