The constitutional legality of the nativity scene displayed on the lawn at Henderson County Courthouse in east Texas being is being contested by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and atheist group based in Madison, Wis…
“The problem with this is, because of his singular decision, this ceremony isn’t really going to be representative of America. It’s going to be exclusionary, secularist only, and we are one of the most religious countries in the world. So, the bottom line is, this is not how we were founded. This is not who we are.
This is a national time of mourning and healing. I think it is particularly offensive to explicitly exclude any religious expression.” – Joel C. Hunter, who is a White House spiritual adviser, on NYC mayor’s decision to exclude prayer from the 10th anniversary commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.
A Tumwater (Wash.) High running back was flagged for excessive celebration after he pointed to the heavens following a touchdown run on Monday night, according to several news reports.
Running back Ronnie Hastie scored on a 23-yard run and celebrated as he has following each of his touchdowns this year: by pointing to the heavens, according to KOMO News. The field judge then tossed a penalty flag, telling the running back he was trying to draw attention to himself with the celebration.
“That wasn’t the point [of the gesture], so I guess I was a little confused,” Hastie told KOMO News. “I do that to give glory to my Heavenly Father, Jesus. He gives me the strength. He’s the one who gives me these abilities in the first place.”
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.