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A look at allowing religious symbols

Dickinson Human Relations Commission members want residents to file applications if they are interested in displaying religious symbols on city property, they decided at a Friday meeting at City Hall.

Human Relations Commission

Dickinson Human Relations Commission members want residents to file applications if they are interested in displaying religious symbols on city property, they decided at a Friday meeting at City Hall.

"We are not telling the city that they should allow or disallow religious symbols on city-owned property," Commission President Jackie Miller said. The commission is trying to create a procedure which the city commission will review.

"The ultimate decision on what will be displayed, where it will be displayed, how long it will be displayed, who decides what will be displayed will be decided by the city," commission Secretary Gail Ebeltoft said.

Recommendations:

- Individuals wishing to place a display on city property must fill out an application.

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- The city should designate a department or individual to be in charge of taking applications and answering questions.

- The city staff should be in charge of setup and take down of the displays.

- The city should not promote one religious belief system over another.

The city may want to review its own displays to make sure they are following the same guidelines applicants must follow and take into consideration of city traditions.

Commission member Aleta Hendricks, said that "the star in Rocky Butte Park, and the yearly lighted displays in Pioneer Park are city traditions and should be taken into special consideration."

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