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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

New Mexico town of Belen in fight to keep Nativity scene

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New Mexico town of Belen in fight to keep Nativity scene

BELEN, N.M. (AP) – The little New Mexico town of Belen – Spanish for Bethlehem – is fighting to keep an all-year round Nativity scene on city property. Belen Mayor Jerah Cordova told The Associated Press the city will continue to resist pressure from a Wisconsin-based organization to remove a piece of art on the […]

New Mexico town of Belen in fight to keep Nativity scene

BELEN, N.M. (AP) – The little New Mexico town of Belen – Spanish for Bethlehem – is fighting to keep an all-year round Nativity scene on city property.

Belen Mayor Jerah Cordova told The Associated Press the city will continue to resist pressure from a Wisconsin-based organization to remove a piece of art on the birth of Jesus. Cordova says the city would even sell the property to keep the Nativity scene up.

Freedom From Religion Foundation co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor says Belen is violating the U.S. Constitution by having the religious art on city property.

She says if Belen puts the property up for sale, her foundation may bid on it and would replace the art with a monument to nonbelievers.

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