Christmas Nativity Scene Banned

The Santa Monica, California, City Council has ended a nearly 60-year-old Christmas tradition of allowing Nativity displays in one of their city parks. In spite of throngs of local residents who appeared in support of the holiday tradition, the City Council caved to a clamor of opposition from atheists concerning the religious displays and voted unanimously to ban all unattended displays from the park.

William Becker Jr., lead counsel for the group that has been seeking to preserve the Nativity Scenes tradition, said “The city council members surrendered to the angry mob and, in the process, sent the world a message that religious freedom is not worth protecting in Santa Monica.”

This local issue adds fuel to the fires of opposition to our “free exercise” of religious beliefs in our land and is hardly the news we want to hear as we prepare to sing of and celebrate our nation as “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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