The Beaver County Times ( http://bit.ly/KQHdyl) reports Tuesday that Ellwood City's borough council has given preliminary approval to a lottery that would let anyone enter a contest to erect a holiday display. The winner would then put up any kind of holiday display they wished which, borough officials believe, would prevent the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation from objecting that the borough had "endorsed" a particular religion.
Critics of the idea say the borough had better be prepared if someone wins the contest who doesn't wish to erect a Nativity.
The borough about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh added secular symbols after the Wisconsin group complained last year.
Information from: Beaver County Times, http://www.timesonline.com/