AG Cuccinelli weighs in on holiday displays

Associated Press - August 24, 2010 3:05 PM ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general says local governments can display religiously themed holiday displays, provided other beliefs are allowed to display their holiday symbols.

Ken Cuccinelli publicly released his advisory opinion on Tuesday, responding to a request by Del. Robert G. Marshall. Specifically, the Prince William Republican asked under what conditions Loudoun County would be permitted to display the "birth of Jesus Christ."

In his response, Cuccinelli said a local government can erect Christmas displays on public property as long as other faiths and beliefs are represented.

He said localities enjoy "considerable discretion" in accommodating the religious expression of their residents during traditional seasonal holidays.

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