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Idaho Roots: Olympia Nativity Scene Has

A Christian nativity scene is shown on display Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The display is near a sign placed at the Capitol by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which promotes the observance of the winter solstice and is critical of religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (The Spokesman-Review)
A Christian nativity scene is shown on display Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The display is near a sign placed at the Capitol by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which promotes the observance of the winter solstice and is critical of religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (The Spokesman-Review)

You are well aware by now of the way in which Washington governor Christine Gregoire has bollixed up the issue of holiday displays in her state capitol building. After first saying she had to put up an atheist statement next to the Nativity scene because she was compelled by freedom of speech requirements to do so, she has subsequently forbidden any additional free speech displays of any kind. What is less well known is that the Nativity scene that started all this ruckus was crafted by a former Idaho legislator, whose son serves today in the Idaho House of Representatives. Dieter Bayer built the manger itself and a friend donated the figurines/IVA. More here.

Question: What do you think of this development in Olympia's battle over Christmas?




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