We often hear about Nativity scenes on government property in the U.S. and the battles that take place over them. But we don’t always hear about similar problems that take place in Puerto Rico.
They follow the same rules of church/state separation and, a couple of days ago, atheists there held a public protest against the Christian-only displays on government property. The Humanistas Seculares de Puerto Rico (HuSe) stood outside the San Juan Judicial Center and said that either all displays must be allowed or none of them can be:
HuSe Board Member Dr. Victor Rivera explained the motivation for the protest in an email (modified for clarity):
Atheist Sues Arkansas County and Judge After Courthouse Creche Approved (Again) but Humanist Banner Rejected
This was the scene in front of the Baxter County Courthouse in Mountain Home, Arkansas last year:
It’s a giant Nativity display, with what appears to be Santa Claus and a Christmas tree thrown in for good measure.
By now, we all know the rules for how this works: You can’t *just* promote Christianity with your holiday displays on government property. Either other groups can put up displays or no one gets to. And that’s exactly what the Appignani Humanist Legal Center said to County Judge Mickey Pendergrass in a letter sent last year:
There’s Now Footage of the “Catholic Warrior” Walking Off With The Satanic Temple’s Display in the Florida Capitol
The other day, we learned that The Satanic Temple’s display in the Florida State Capitol Building had been vandalized.
[Hemeryck] had only one regret about Tuesday’s incident.
‘I just yanked that little devil off the fishing line,’ she said. ‘I should have just done a better job and finished it off for good.’