Holiday spirit replaced by symbol struggle in Fair Lawn
(12/09/04) FAIR LAWN A controversy surrounding religious symbols is brewing in the borough of Fair Lawn.
To protest what he believes to be an unfair policy, Rabbi Levi Neubort is displaying a large menorah across the street from Fair Lawn Borough Hall. Neubort doesnt understand why a 30-foot pine tree can be decorated with lights and displayed on public property, but a menorah cant.
Fair Lawn officials say the issue boils down to the separation of church and state. Deputy Mayor Martin Etler says the red, white and blue decorated tree is not religious in any way. He believes it is a symbol of the overall holiday season. In addition, Etler fears all types of religious groups will want something displayed if an exception is made for the menorah.
Neubort would like to hire a civil rights attorney to fight the Fair Lawn policy.
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