An atheist group calling itself the “Colorado Coalition of Reason” is putting up three billboards protesting the Nativity scene at the Denver City & County Building, the Denver Post reported today.
From the Denver Post:
“The Nativity scene is a religious icon and it’s on public property,” said Marvin Straus, who is spearheading the billboard campaign planned for four weeks by COCORE.
Straus, who is the co-founder of Boulder Atheists, said that he is a strong believer in the First Amendment and the separation of church and state. The Nativity scene, Straus said, “is government supported religion. They (Denver city officials) are aware it is offensive to many people.”
The billboards are identical. They say, “STOP government support of religion. MOVE this Denver nativity scene to a church.”
“It is a particularly beautiful Nativity scene – wouldn’t it look beautiful in a church or somebody’s home,” said Straus.
In September 1986, following a fierce seven-year court battle, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that there was nothing unconstitutional about Denver’s display of life-size figures of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus on the steps of the Denver City and County Building.
The court found that the Nativity scene neither advances nor inhibits Christian beliefs.