Sunday, December 11, 2016

Thomas More Society to display Nativity Scene in Iowa State Capitol for the first time

On Monday, December 12, 2016, residents will gather for the first annual Nativity Lighting Ceremony on the first-floor rotunda of the Iowa Capitol to begin the celebration of the Christmas season. The celebration, which is privately sponsored, will take place at 10:00am (CST). Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad will welcome those gathered, and Bishop Richard Pates of the capitol's Des Moines Diocese will address the gathering.

Organizers worked alongside the American Nativity Scene Committee and Thomas More Society, a Chicago based public interest law firm, to successfully secure what they hope becomes a Capitol holiday tradition. 

 “The nativity scene in the Rotunda represents constitutionally-protected free speech and expression of religious faith by private citizens in a traditional public forum,” said Tom Brejcha, Thomas More Society President and Chief Counsel. “The Government is neither censor nor endorser of such religious speech. In the Capitol Rotunda, where political rallies are routinely held during Government sessions, the Government is merely the gatekeeper upholding free speech."

Thomas More Society, which offers pro bono legal services to citizens and groups who are interested in placing a Nativity Scene in any traditional or designated public forum, has collaborated with the American Nativity Scene to place Nativity Scenes in State Capitols and numerous  additional public places across the country. Together, Thomas More Society and the American Nativity Scene Committee will continue to strive to ensure that public forums continue to welcome private religious speech equally as other types of free speech.

About the Thomas More Society:

Thomas More Society is a not-for-profit, national public interest law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty. Based in Chicago and Omaha, the Thomas More Society defends and fosters support for these causes by providing high quality pro bono legal services from local trial courts all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

About the American Nativity Scene Committee:

The American Nativity Scene Committee is dedicated to the display of Nativity Scenes in every State Capitol throughout the United States during the Christmas season. The Committee ships nativity scenes (donated by an anonymous benefactor) to private citizens throughout the U.S. who wish to give witness to the true meaning of Christmas by setting up a nativity scene in the public square.

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