Five thousand people on Saturday gathered around a nativity scene in Athens Texas but it wasn’t to worship. A pastor (perhaps many pastors) showed up too but not to preach a typical sermon.
The Freedom From Religion foundation (FFR), a non-profit Wisconsin based group has demanded that Athens Texas remove a nativity scene from the Henderson county courthouse lawn.
Fox News 8 reported that the FFR would like to post a sign reading in part, “there are no gods, demons, angels or devils…religion only hardens the heart and enslaves the mind.”
“I just don’t understand it, to be honest with you,” said Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders. “I’m just confused about it.”
The community has not brought the request forward according to Sanders. The Wisconsin group called the display unconstitutional and demanded that it should be taken down.
The county commissioner disagreed. “I’m an old country boy, you come to my house looking for a fight, you’re going to get one. That’s from the bottom of my heart,” said Joe Hall.
Hall also promised, “We’ll remove it when hell freezes over. It’s not going to happen.”
At the Saturday gathering, Pastor Nathan Lorick told the crowd, “The eyes of Texas are upon us. It’s time for us to stand together and protect the very principles that made this nation great from its birth.”
“We’ve become so busy with our lives that we’ve forgotten our first love (Jesus),” he added.
Should the county remove the nativity scene?
What do you think?