The Luzerne County Commissioners agreed to remove two separate religious displays - a crèche and a menorah - on the lawn of the Luzerne County Courthouse after receiving a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and Americans United for Separation of Church and State informing the county that the displays are an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion.

The crèche and menorah are owned and maintained by Luzerne County. The ACLU was alerted to the presence of the religious emblems by local members of the Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society.

Press Releases


Mary Catherine Roper, Witold Walczak (ACLU of Pennsylvania); Richard Katskee, Ayesha Khan (Americans United for Separation of Church and State)

Date filed

December 17, 2009