Texas Governor Has Separation Of Church And State Display Removed

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott will not have you forgetting about Baby Jesus on Christmas. He’s not having any of that Separation of Church and State in Texas.

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The Texas Capitol features multiple Christmas trees and a Nativity scene on its grounds this time of year, but Greg Abbott on Tuesday complained saying, “a winter solstice” display urging the separation of church and state has been removed.

The Texas Tribune reports:

The display was a cardboard cutout of the nation’s founding fathers and the Statue of Liberty looking down at the Bill of Rights in a manger. It had been set up in the Capitol’s basement, hardly a high-traffic area, and didn’t generate much of a public response.

But after finding out about it, Abbott called it a “juvenile parody” in a letter asking the State Preservation Board to remove the exhibit.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, the group behind the display, said it is considering legal options.

The display had already been approved by the Preservation Board.

But after receiving the letter from Abbott, the agency reconsidered. Executive Director John Sneed snapped a picture of it and texted it to Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, who chairs the House Administration Committee. Geren said to take it down.

“The governor wanted it down, and I told John that, if I were him, I’d take it down,” Geren said. “It was an inappropriate exhibit.”

What does he mean it’s ‘inappropriate?” Were there naked ladies on it. Clearly, it’s not offensive according to the picture of the display above.

The removal comes a week after Abbott publicly expressed his support for a Nativity scene outside the city of Orange municipal building. He argued that the city had a Constitutional right to display the religious imagery.

In his letter Tuesday, he cited the Constitution again.

“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,” Abbott wrote.

“Far from promoting morals and the general welfare, the exhibit deliberately mocks Christians and Christianity,” Abbott’s letter stated. In the letter, he also called the display a “juvenile parody.”

Sam Grover, staff attorney for the Freedom of Religion Foundation, said they are reviewing its legal options and will be in touch with the Preservation Board about getting the display back up.

“We are certainly disappointed that Gov. Abbott has used his personal opinion to censor our display from the Capitol,” he said.

In a move that will surprise no one ever, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying the display violated the Preservation Board’s regulation and “purposefully mocks the religious beliefs of others.”



“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,” he said.

That coming from a party which believes mocking the Muslim prophet is an act of Freedom of Speech.

As a Christian, I see nothing offensive by that display. On the other hand, Separation of Church and State does not offend me either.

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Image: Texas Tribune.

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