Skeleton-Santa crucifix defaced in front of courthouse

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 11:49 EDT
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A skeleton dressed as Santa Clause, hanging on a crucifix. Image: Screenshot via WJLA.com.
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During a debate about public decorations at a courthouse in Loudoun County, Virginia, someone decided to set up an odd holiday display: A skeleton dressed as Santa Clause, hanging on a cross.

But even before it could spark much attention, someone knocked it down and the owner came and took it away. The incident resulted in a fierce local debate about free speech and the right to public displays on community property, and little else.

The odd setup has since been replaced by a lengthy letter to Christians, signed by “Jesus,” apparently written and placed by a local atheist group.

This video is from WJLA.com, broadcast Dec. 5, 2011.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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