Why Nativity Scenes Matter in the Public Square
When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he explained that our freedoms come from God. "All men are created equal," he says, and "they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Jefferson also clearly stated that the purpose of civil government was "to secure these rights." Not legislate them out of existence.
A nativity display on government property reminds us that all humans have unalienable rights- rights which cannot legitimately be taken away- because these rights come from God. A nativity display celebrates the source of our rights and reminds our government officials that it is their duty to help secure these rights. After all isn’t Christmas supposed to remind us that God sent His Son to earth as a baby in order to reconcile God with man? Immanuel God with us. A creche is a visible reminder of what Christmas is all about. And it is for that reason the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union are so against their public display.
These organizations, along with others, want to remove any public reminder of who is the actual granter of our freedom.
In addition, a nativity scene on government property reminds us that we are a republic, not a democracy. Our republic acknowledges God as the source of our unchangeable rights.This is codified in our founding documents. What those who are opposed to acknowledging God as the source of our liberties are trying to do is remake America into something the founders never intended. A democracy. A democracy is vastly different from a republic. The rights granted in a democracy are determined not by God, but by the ever-changing opinions of the majority of mankind.
You see then the importance of the need for a constant reminder of who is actually in charge of our lives.
Ultimately, the present battle waged by the FFRF and ACLU is a battle over who gets to be God. Who will be acknowledged as the source of our rights? Will it be God, or will it be man?
Given the nation’s present woes and injustices, it is altogether fitting that nativity displays remain in the public arena as a guiding light and reminder to all of the source of our freedoms.
Unless of course you think it is far better that government should decide what RIGHTS to grant.