samhill wrote:... traditions should play some part, kind of like being exempt from something new because of being Grandfathered in.
I agree, and fortunately some courts have been understanding by protecting displays that are just part of the history of a place. Offensiveness is a matter of degree, that is, how much "in your face" is a particular display. I don't believe God exists, but I couldn't care less about "In God We Trust" on my money, for example, it's just something that has been there as long as I can remember. But I am seriously offended by my elected representatives participating in "prayer breakfasts", because they tend to make a show of how pious they are (the hypocrits!), and it entwines organized religion -- a dangerous force -- with government, sort of a you-scratch-my-back-and-I'll-scratch-yours arrangement.