Large Nativity Scene in Front of Loudoun County Courthouse Now Sits on Church Property

After all the “War on Christmas” drama that took place in Loudoun County, Virginia this year (like the city official who called atheists “terrorists”), there’s finally some good news.

The pressure from atheists groups to remove a massive Nativity scene from government property worked… kind of:

A nativity scene that was front and center at the Loudoun County Courthouse for six decades spent last year’s Christmas season out of the spotlight after complaints that a religious display should not be in front of a government building.

This year, the nativity has a new home at the Leesburg Presbyterian Church, while the courthouse is displaying a smaller version of the manger scene. You’ll also find a Christmas tree, a menorah and Santa Claus… although some atheists expressed disapproval.

So there’s still a tiny manger in front of the courthouse, but it’s surrounded by other displays and it’s not “prominent.” Considering how many people tried to keep that Nativity scene in place out of “tradition.” I’d call that a victory.

(Thanks to Dianne for the link!)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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