Texas Capitol: Freedom From Religion Display Removed After Deemed Inappropriate

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A Winter Solstice display was ordered taken down by the governor of Texas after he thought it was juvenile and made fun of Christians.

What is a Winter Solstice display -- and what was the stink about?

I’m going to tell you:

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  • The display was in the basement of the Texas Capitol.
  • It was a cardboard cutout of the Founding Fathers… dudes like Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson…
  • It also featured the Statue of Liberty.
  • The group was looking down into a manger.
  • The manger contained the Bill of Rights.

  • It should be noted that the Texas Capitol has many Christmas trees on the grounds, as well as a Nativity scene.
  • Texas Governor Greg Abbott caught wind of what was being displayed in the basement and called it “juvenile parody”.
  • He asked the State Preservation Board to take it down.

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  • They did.
  • "The governor wanted it down, and I told [Executive Director John Sneed] that, if I were him, I'd take it down," said Representative Charlie Geren. "It was an inappropriate exhibit."
  • Gov. Abbott went on record a week ago supporting the Nativity scene.
  • It was the city’s Constitutional right to have the religious scene on their grounds.

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  • However, Gov. Abbott is also using the Constitution to get rid of the Winter Solstice display.
  • "The Constitution does not require Texas to allow displays in its Capitol that violate general standards of decency and intentionally disrespect the beliefs and values of many of our fellow Texans," he wrote in a letter.
  • He continued: "Far from promoting morals and the general welfare, the exhibit deliberately mocks Christians and Christianity."

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  • He also stated that the display is offensive, doesn't serve a public purpose and doesn't educate anyone.
  • Well, then.
  • The Freedom From Religion Foundation was the group behind getting the display up in the first place, and now they are checking into legal action.
  • "We are certainly disappointed that Gov. Abbott has used his personal opinion to censor our display from the Capitol," said Sam Grover, staff attorney for FFRF.
  • Nerds.

  • The FFRF describes their mission as promoting the Constitutional principle of separation of state and church, and to educate the public on matters relating to nontheism.
  • Otherwise known as witchcraft and sorcery…
  • Lt.Gov. Dan Patrick jumped on board with the craziness and supported the governor.
  • He said it "purposefully mocks the religious beliefs of others."

  • And he didn’t stop there:
  • "I believe this mocking exhibit was approved in error and the State Preservation board is under no obligation to support or allow displays intentionally disrespectful to others." 
  • So that whole ‘Freedom of Speech’ thing…

Source: Texas Tribune