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Atheist messages displace park nativity scenes

Atheist messages have displaced most of Santa Monica's park nativity scenes By The Associated Press

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) ' Atheist messages have displaced most Christmastime nativity scenes erected for nearly six decades by a coalition of Santa Monica churches in Palisades Park.

Fourteen of the 21 park display spaces have traditionally illustrated the story of the birth of Jesus Christ in the ocean-view park during the holidays.

But atheists have claimed all but three of the spaces because of a new city lottery system.



The Santa Monica Daily Press (http://bit.ly/tr8h1T ) reports churches had little or no competition for 57 years. But 13 individuals bid for spaces this year, forcing City Hall to use a random lottery system to allot the spots.

Secularist Damon Vix helped American Atheists Inc. and the Freedom From Religion Foundation populate the Palisades Park display spaces.

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Information from: Santa Monica Daily Press , http://www.smdp.com/

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Information from: Santa Monica Daily Press , http://www.smdp.com/


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