1 nativity scene comes down, hundreds more pop up in Wadena, Minn


#1

WADENA, Minn. (KMSP) - A nativity scene outside of a public building in Wadena, Minn. did not sit well with some, so the city moved it. But some residents took the matter into their own hands and started putting out their own nativity scenes as a form of protest.

The nativity scene was located in Burlington Northern Park in the center of town. After it was put up, someone complained to the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a group based out of Wisconsin. The group threatened to sue the City of Wadena on the grounds of separation of church and state.

fox9.com/news/56510202-story


#2

Christmas is a federal holiday so it doesn’t make any sense to me that you can’t display a nativity scene that is representative of the federal holiday.


#3

Not advocating, but simply providing by way of info the opposing point of view:

nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/02/17/which-holidays-should-government-recognize/secular-reasons-to-mark-religious-days


#4

What happened to freedom of speech, with liberty and justice for ALL.


#5

Note the report says the new nativity scenes are going up in private yards. That is where they belong. Free speech is not being impinged. Without proper safeguards a religious display on government property most certainly can be problematic as an unconstitutional preference for a religion.

This is not rocket science. Private displays - good. Government displays - problematic and allowed on government property only if privately financed and all religions given an equal chance, etc.

Do you want a Satanic display? That’s what’s been happening in response to such things, and folks on this board go nuts with that. Goose…Gander…

Put the manger in front of the church, on your lawn, in the window of private businesses, whatever. Just keep the government out of it.


#6

I think if Annie and her friends were trying to not have to see a nativity scene in town, they wonderfully miscalculated.


#7

. Without proper safeguards a religious display on government property most certainly can be problematic as an unconstitutional preference for a religion.

It has already been pointed out that Christmas is an American holiday, so that ship has already sailed.

As much as Jingle Bells and Frosty and Rudolph are fun, the holiday becomes infantile without any reference to the Infant.

Without any focus on spiritual things whatsoever, the whole reason for the season devolves into blandness.

Christmas was made a federal holiday for a reason.


#8

exactly.


#9

It is interesting to me that in the last few years customs that have been part of the American fabric are suddenly out of order. You can’t change history and we should not be trying to change tradition. That is the masses giving in to the few.


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