Nativity Scene To Again Stand In Illinois State Capitol Rotunda: A Celebration Of Christmas & 1st Amendment Rights Regarding Religious Expression In The Public Square

On December 1st, 2009, the Springfield Nativity Scene Committee (SNSC) will again sponsor a display depicting the birth of Jesus Christ. For the second year in a row, the cr-che–with figurines representing Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus–will stand in the State Capitol Rotunda Building in Springfield, Illinois. In 2008, the SNSC made history when the Secretary of State’s office provided a permit to the group, allowing the Nativity Scene to go on display. The cr-che and manger scene stood in the State Capitol Building, in accordance with the U.S. Constitution which provides for such religious expression in the public square as long as such displays are privately-funded.