Display of public nativity scenes legal
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December 2018 – Displaying a nativity scene on publicly owned properties, including state capitols, is legal in all 50 states. This year, for instance, the Springfield Nativity Scene Committee is sponsoring a nativity scene displayed in the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois, for the third year running. Thomas More Society assisted in obtaining legal permits for that display, and the American Nativity Scene Committee sponsors such displays around the country at no cost.

Thomas More Society has been working to help people exercise their legal rights to religious expression since 1989, when Thomas Brejcha, Thomas More’s president and chief legal counsel, won precedent for the public display of nativity scenes in federal district court in Chicago.

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