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Breaking news: Christian attorneys group tells Merced 'Christmas Parade' is 'constitutionally protected'

Alliance Defense Fund attorneys sent a letter Monday to the mayor and officials of the city of Merced urging them to change the name of the town’s newly dubbed holiday parade back to the Christmas parade.

Last week, city officials replaced “Christmas” with “holiday” in the name of the town’s public parade, but ADF attorneys have assured them that, if the change was motivated by fear of lawsuits, keeping the former name is a decision that is constitutionally protected.

City manager John Bramble said in a Nov. 25 statement: "We never wanted to be the Grinch that stole the Christmas Parade from Merced."

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