Nativity scene displayed at MA State House causes controversy

BOSTON (WHDH) - The State House displayed a Nativity scene on Thursday, causing some controversy.

The Nativity scene was displayed for five hours. An atheist group says the State House is not the place for it.

It was put on display after Representative Jim Lyons made it happen. After first being told “no,” Lyons contacted the Thomas Moore Society, who argued there is a legal right to display a Nativity scene in a state house.

Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus were out on display for everyone to see on Thursday. A group of several dozen sang and prayed.

Across the street, on the Boston Common, the American Atheists put up the following banner:

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They say the Boston Common, where there is a menorah and a Nativity scene on display, would be a more appropriate setting.

This is the first time the Nativity scene has been displayed at the State House. Rep. Lyons hopes to make it an annual event.

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