A little reminder about religious rights

Thursday, December 6, 2012
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

A live nativity scene has been set up at the U.S. Supreme Court in part to remind people of the true reason for the season.

Schenck, Rob (Faith and Action)Rob Schenck of Faith and Action tells OneNewsNow the display is part of a nationwide encouragement effort to share the message of Christmas. The nativity scene (video from 2010) includes live characters and animals acting out the Christmas story.

"I like to say even though it's impossible to find wise men in Washington, D.C. we do import them from the outside," the Faith and Action president jests, "so we have three wise men with us."

"It really captures attention," Schenk continues. "In fact, we have government officials on all levels, all the way to the highest that stop to watch this procession as we proceed in front of the United States Supreme Court and in view of the Capitol."

He contends it is important at a time when religious rights in America have eroded.

"This is a reminder to the justices of the Supreme Court, to the lawmakers across the street in the Capitol that their job is to protect and preserve these God-given rights of speech … free exercise of religion and freedom of assembly," Schenck declares.

He adds that "rights are like muscles -- if you don't use them you lose them." The nativity scene, he says, is a robust way of exercising those muscles.

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