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Elderly residents clash with management over religious decoration ban

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Residents of an independent living facility in Memphis clashed with management Thursday after religious decorations were banned from common areas.

The elderly and disabled residents of the Northlake Apartments in Raleigh said a cross was recently removed from a wall where it was displayed for decades. Angels, nativity scenes and all other types of religious Christmas displays have been banned from shared spaces.
    
"I've been here almost nine years and we've always enjoyed Christmas," resident Dot Weeks said with tears in her eyes.

Resident Faye May says she's upset by the decision to ban religious symbols. 
    
"Jesus is the reason for the season." 
    
Northlake Manager James Roundtree said the federal government subsidizes rent for residents.

"And the Fair Housing Division of HUD has told us that no overtly religious symbols such as a cross can be placed in our common areas," Roundtree told the crowd.
    
Management is also considering an end to weekly Bible study in the common area.

May says the situation "offends my Christianity."     

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