Record Number of Nativities Displayed in State Capitols
At a time in which many are arguing over religious freedom and the so-called separation of church and state, this news is encouraging! Praise God!
From CBN News. Celebrations of Jesus Christ’s birth are scheduled at nativity scenes placed at 43 state capitols across the country this Christmas.
The Thomas More Society, a not-for-profit national public interest law firm, and the American Nativity Scene, a group dedicated to the display of nativity scenes at every state capitol throughout the U.S. during the Christmas season, are helping a growing number of private citizen groups across the nation to display Biblical manger scenes on government property this Christmas.
State capitols in Alaska, New York, Utah, and Virginia are scheduled to feature the traditional display of the Holy Family with Baby Jesus in the manger for the first time this year.
“In 2022 we are pleased to announce that 43 State Capitol Nativity Scenes, the most to date, are scheduled to be erected at state capitols this Christmas season,” said American Nativity Scene President Ed O’Malley.
The American Nativity Scene works closely with attorneys at the Thomas More Society to make sure that those desiring to sponsor a State Capitol Nativity Scene can do so, as allowed by law.
“Many erroneously assume that government entities are prohibited from allowing a religious display,” explained Thomas More Society Vice President and Senior Counsel Thomas Olp. “The law is clear. Government entities may erect and maintain celebrations of the Christmas holiday – or allow citizens to do so on government property, including nativity scenes, as long as a crèche’s sole purpose is not to promote its religious content, and it is placed in context with other symbols of the season as part of an effort to celebrate the public Christmas holiday through traditional symbols.”
Thomas More Society President and Chief Counsel Tom Brejcha echoed the importance of displaying the nativity scenes, especially in times of social or political controversy.
“The Christmas message highlights the inherent dignity of each and every human being,” Brejcha noted.
Pro-bono work by the attorneys at the Thomas More Society ensures that citizens who privately fund religious displays on public property are accorded their right to do so as guaranteed by the 1st and 14th Amendments of the United States Constitution. …
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(Excerpt from CBN News. Photo Credit: Canva)
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