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Tue November 24, 2009
ACLU vs Clarksville: Piper Reaction
By Chris Taylor
Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Johnny Piper says the city has not violated anyone's constitutional rights. That's his response to an accusation from the American Civil Liberties Union that the city paid two hundred dollars for animals used in a church-sponsored Christian Nativity scene on the banks of the Cumberland River. The ACLU claims Clarksville violated the first amendment by funding the Grace Church of Nazarene display and not allowing access to other religious groups. Piper confirms the city paid the money two years ago. City Communications Director Christie Hill tells the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle that no other religious group requested space.