Virginia Woman Wins Creche Case

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

( - A northern Virginia woman has won her four-year battle with local government: She will be allowed to display her nativity scene on county property.

Fairfax County, Virginia officials said Thursday they will not contest a federal appeals court ruling that Rita Warren has a constitutional right to put religious displays outside the county's government center.

Warren said on Monday she will be sure to tell the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors that she has no hard feelings. "The victory is not mine, it's for God and the people who can go to the government center and see the First Amendment work."

To celebrate, Warren bought statues of three kings and a shepherd to add to her nativity scene.

The whole display will go up on December 20th at the county's government center.

County lawyers had no comment on the decision.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) supported Warren in her efforts to put up the display. The ACLU usually argues against religious displays. But in Warren's case, the group believed county rules - that people living outside Fairfax County could not put up displays on county property -- infringed on free-speech rights.