AUSTIN, TX – Nativity scenes are a sure sign it’s Christmas.
They come in all shapes and sizes and forms, from plastic to flesh. And, they’re the Christmas gift that keeps on giving, but not always in a good way.
The Texas Nativity Scene Project in Austin just seems to be asking for trouble by putting up a nativity scene in the state capitol. It’s apparently the first time that’s happened. But it’s paid by private funds.
And the Texas Preservation Board gave its stamp of approval.
But for Austin’s atheists, not so much.
Matt Dillahunty is with the American Atheists. “When you start bringing things like this into the public sphere, into the courtrooms, into the capitol buildings, you are always coming really close to the line of demonstrating public endorsement, even if you give lip service to the idea that there's no government endorsement."
Of course, the folks with the nativity folks see it differently.
"Expression of faith and many other ideals has come under a lot of fire over the last decade for sure, said Colton Brugger. "My hope for this project is to make people feel comfortable about expressing their faith."
Something tells us that Austin’s Jesus lovers and Jesus shunners are just glad they’re not living in Oklahoma City where Satan is scheduled to show up at the state capitol, sooner or later.