Nativity scene returns to the Capitol

AUSTIN (KXAN) — When a nativity scene was placed in the Texas State Capitol last Christmas there was some push-back, but this year the nativity scene is going up without much attention.

On Wednesday, the Texas Nativity Scene Project unveiled the display in the South Gallery of the extension building. The nativity scene, which is privately funded and sponsored, will be on display from Dec. 16-23.

Last year, the Texas Preservation Board approved the display—which was the first time a nativity scene had been placed in the Texas Capitol building.

“This year marks the second year of the unveiling and it is an honor to be the legislative sponsor to bring the Nativity Scene to the Texas State Capitol,” Rep. John Frullo, R-Lubbock, said

The American Nativity Scene Committee is placing nativity scenes in public places in 21 different states this Christmas.

Earlier this week, the City of Orange in southeast Texas decided to remove the nativity scene in front of its City Hall after a request by an Athetist group to place a banner in front of City Hall in response to the nativity scene.

“As the U.S. Supreme Court has continually held, public acknowledgement of our religious heritage is entirely consistent with the Constitution. The Constitution commands accommodation of religion rather than hostility towards it,” said Governor Greg Abbott in a response to the City of Orange’s decision. “I strongly encourage the City of Orange to stand up to the demands of a select few who wish to see God thrown out of the public square, embrace the season of Christmas and restore the Nativity Scene immediately.”

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