Source: Associated Press
NEWAYGO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan school board has decided to keep a display of the three wise men at a public elementary school, despite complaints that it violates the separation of church and state.
The Newagyo Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to keep the display at Newaygo Elementary, which has been used for at least 40 years.
“This board has no desire to remove the display,” said Vince Grodus, the board’s president.
The Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists filed a complaint about the decoration last month, saying that it violates the separation of church and state because it promotes one religion over others. Christians believe the three wise men — or three kings or magi — brought gifts to the baby Jesus.