Mayor Defies Threats from Atheist Group over Nativity Scene

Coal Run, Kentucky Mayor Andrew Scott had received a letter from an Atheist group back in December in the days leading up to Christmas, notifying him that no nativity scenes were to be allowed on public property. Mayor Scott chucked the letter in the trash and now doesn’t even remember which Atheist group it was.

It could have been the same group that harasses public officials and schools all the time regarding religion on public property. As they argue, the only religion that’s allowed displays and literature and speech freedom on public property is Atheism.

It was probably the same group that the Mayor heard about in a case in Indiana that he references here, reported by The Blaze:

“I received a letter at some point close to Christmas … It was regarding a case, I believe, in Franklin County, Indiana, where the ACLU had filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Freedom From Religion Foundation,” he said, referencing a well-publicized battle over an annual nativity tradition in Brookville, Indiana. “And, basically, the letter cautioned against putting any type of nativity display anywhere on city property.”

Scott felt that the group was attempting to bully political leaders into refusing to display nativities at Christmastime and, considering that Coal Run didn’t have a crèche up at the time, he said the note had the opposite of its intended effect on him.

“I thought, ‘I’m not going to let these people bully me,’” he recalled. “[After] I saw that letter… the first thing I said is, ‘We need to get a nativity scene out there.’”

With Christmas just days away and with little time to erect a large nativity, Scott personally went to his local Wal-Mart and purchased the most viable nativity he could find — one that was the size of a typical display families use inside of their homes.

The mayor then strategically placed the tiny nativity right next to a flagpole inside Coal Run Park.

“I don’t even know if anyone saw it,” he said of the symbolic statement. “But it was the principle.”

And next year, Scott said he has bigger plans to build a large nativity that he will likely place in front of the new city hall building, which is currently under construction.

“In my city we say prayer before every commission meeting. If people want to give us hell about that, we’ll pray for them, too,” he said, decrying what he believes is “a shift in political correctness and tolerance that is geared toward people of faith.”

Scott said that there is no denying that Christianity informs the legal code and that, while he’s not trying to offend others, he believes it’s time for people to stop bowing to atheist activists.

“I think it’s important that municipalities and governments all across the United States stand up for what’s right,” he said, later adding, ”It’s things like that that get me fired up. The left is trying to fundamentally change things in America.”

I know Christmas was a month ago, but the fact that he’s defying these Atheist groups like this must outrage them. He’s planning on building a much larger nativity scene right in front of their new city hall. And he openly admitted to praying before commission meetings. That’s got to make Atheists’ blood boil.

I think this is the way Christians in public office should react to these sorts of threats from Atheists who argue that Atheism should be the state-sponsored religion. Interestingly, the 1st Amendment didn’t even allow for any and all religions. The prohibition of making “any law respecting an establishment of religion” had reference to denominations of orthodox Christianity. If it had stayed that way, we’d be a much freer people today.