MONTREAL - A posh Montreal suburb has decided to remove a nativity scene and menorah from town hall rather than acquiesce to demands from a Muslim group to erect Islamic religious symbols.
The decision by the Town of Mount Royal upsets a Christian resident who says the town is abandoning an established tradition under pressure from a tiny religious minority.
Town councillors of several different religions unanimously decided to remove the Christian and Jewish items.
They had been displayed in front of the municipal building for the past 15 years.
"We asked ourselves if we were willing to display (symbols of) the five major religions," said Mayor Philippe Roy.
"This is not the role of the city, which is a secular public institution."