The LATimes is reporting today that the city of Santa Monica has denied The Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee the right to put up the nativity scenes that they have erected in Palisades Park for almost 60 years.
But last year, after requests for display spots exceeded the space allotted, the city held a lottery to allocate spaces. Atheists won 18 of 21 spots. A Jewish group won another. The traditional Nativity story that used to take up 14 displays was crammed into two.
Controversy erupted, and as a result, the city decided the lottery would become increasingly costly. Last June, the City Council voted to ban all private unattended displays.
The case is pending, but for now the displays have been banned.
What do you think of religious displays on city land? Is it fair only if the spaces are evenly allotted to all religions? How would that best work?
Or should all religious displays be banned from municipal land?
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