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City: Nativity Scene to be Reinstalled at San Jacinto Plaza

According to a late Monday news release, the city will be reinstalling the Nativity Scene at the newly renovated San Jacinto Plaza.

The lack of the Nativity had angered some El Pasoans, as it was missing from this weekend’s lighting ceremony. Some even pointed to the scene’s absence as yet another chapter in the ‘War against Christmas.’

Via a news release, Interim Managing Director Quality of Life, Dionne Mack stated, “The City of El Paso will install the nativity scene that’s been displayed at San Jacinto Plaza as part of a longtime tradition. The nativity scene will be visible as you drive on North Mesa.”

Mack added, “We hope everyone will have a chance to visit the Plaza and see the spectacular lights and decorations on display through January 8.”

The nativity scene should be installed by this weekend.

Abbott, Paxton Make Pitches for Nativity Scene

Put your nativity scene back up, Gov. Greg Abbott told a small town near Beaumont on Tuesday.

The town of Orange took down its nativity scene from in front of city hall when a local atheist group requested permission to display a “Happy Holidays” sign along with the Christmas scene.

The nativity scene was removed Monday to avoid potential legal costs, though the atheist group did not make a legal threat, according to a statement from City Manager Shawn Oubre’s office obtained by the Beaumont Enterprise. The scene was moved to private property.

Abbott weighed in Tuesday, saying the nativity display is constitutional and urging the city to put it back up.

“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,” Abbott said in a statement.

Attorney General Ken Paxton chimed in, pointing out in a statement that “the U.S. Supreme Court has consistently held that passive public displays — such as Nativity scenes — acknowledging our nation’s religious heritage are constitutional.”

Orange County officials were huddling in an executive session Tuesday afternoon to discuss the issue.

This is not the first time Abbott has supported the display of nativity scenes. Last December, Abbot, serving as attorney general, backed Cherokee County’s efforts to keep its nativity scene despite requests for its removal.

Author:   –  The Texas Tribune

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