Has the Grinch Stolen Santa Monica’s Nativity Scenes?

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Complaints about over-regulation led Santa Monica to be called “The People’s Republic,” although it’s too prosperous to deserve the label.  Now it might lose another designation: “The City of the Christmas Story.”  This year, Atheists forced a lottery for spaces in Palisades Park, where life-sized nativity scenes have been displayed for almost 60 years.

So, Santa Monica held a lottery.  Out of 21 possible spaces, the Atheists won 18 and the Christians just 3.  One other space went to Jews to put up a Menora.  How have Christians reacted?  Hunter Jameson is chair of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee, composed of 13 churches and the Santa Monica Police Officers Association…     

Credits

Guests:
Hunter Jameson - Chairman, Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee, Damon Vix - Member of the American Atheists, Santa Monica, Barbara Stinchfield - Director of Community and Cultural Services, City of Santa Monica, Bob Holbrook - Veteran Santa Monica City Councilman

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Katie Cooper, Christian Bordal