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.
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
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.