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Group Demands McDowell County Remove Nativity Scene

Updated: Monday, December 31 2012, 05:49 PM EST

Baby Jesus, Joseph, and Mary have adorned the courthouse lawn in McDowell County during Christmas for eight years. And in that time commission Chairman David Walker said there hasn't been a single complaint about the display, until now. A group in Washington, D.C. is demanding county officials kick the savior off the courthouse lawn.


"I think it's just raising a lot of fuss out of nothing," said Chris Harris of Marion.


Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent the county a letter demanding its nativity scene be removed or altered to appear more secular.


"I don't, I don't think it's right. But everybody has an opinion and they have a right to do what they want to. But I still think the nativity scene should be in Christmas," said county resident James Carver.


AU said the nativity scene in its current form is unconstitutional because it promotes Christianity. "Well, Christianity is part of our life, you know," Harris said.


Walker isn't budging. He issued a statement saying, "we have no plans to add to it, or remove it." To that Carver responded, "Good for him. Good for him."


"It is part of Christmas and it should stick around," Harris said.


Just hours before the nation celebrates the birth of Jesus, it's unclear if Americans United will sue to end the tradition. Walker said whatever the group decides, the county will continue displaying the nativity scene.


Said Harris, "people enjoy seeing it as they go by so, I think it should stay."


By: Mario Boone, mlboone@wlos.com


Follow on Twitter: @marioboone


Group Demands McDowell County Remove Nativity Scene


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