TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus is on display at the Capitol through the holiday season.
A private group called the Florida Nativity Scene Committee installed the display Tuesday. It is doing so with the help of the Chicago-based, conservative law firm Thomas More Society.
The event featured prayers and a children's choir singing Christmas carols. Organizer Pam Olsen said it was a celebration of Christ.
Another group, Reclaim Christ for Christmas, will add to the display with depictions of the Three Wise Men said to have delivered gifts to the baby Jesus.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida executive director Howard Simon said because the manger scene is paid for privately, the state is opening itself to allowing anyone to use the Capitol to express messages.
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