Nativity scene gets new northern Michigan home after removal

MENOMINEE, Mich. (AP) – A nativity scene that was removed from a park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula after a series of complaints is getting a new home at a local church.

WLUK-TV reports that Abundant Life Church & Mission says it will erect the nativity scene that was taken down this year at Great Lakes Memorial Marina Park in Menominee. The city attorney determined that the religious Christmas display couldn’t be on public property.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation says it first contacted the city about nativity scene in 2007 after a complaint from a Menominee resident and has sent several complaints to the city since then. Menominee officials took a look at the issue this year.

The nativity scene had been displayed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as part of a longtime Christmas tradition.