Nearly two-thirds of state capitol buildings in the United States will display a Nativity crèche this Christmas season, a nearly 50 percent increase in just two years under a partnership between American Nativity Scene and the Thomas More Society, a public-interest law firm.
At least 31 state capitol buildings will host Nativity displays, with new entrants Idaho, Oklahoma, Nevada and West Virginia joining the list of crèches that honor the birth of Jesus Christ. Since 2018, the number of participating sites has grown by 10. The creches are privately owned and displayed under Constitutional protections of the practice of religion and free speech.
“So far we’ve been increasing every year,” said Thomas Brejcha, president and chief legal counsel for Thomas More Society, the Chicago-based religious liberty law firm. “We hope it won’t take too long to get up to 50.”
The Thomas More Society said it expects Nativity displays to be placed at state capitols in Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
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