Atheist messages displace nativity scenes

A woman walks past a sign displaying an Atheist message along Ocean Avenue at Palisades Park in Santa Monica, Calif. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011.   Most of the Christmas nativity scenes that local churches had placed in a Southern California coastal park for nearly six decades have been displaced by non-believers and the churches say it was a coordinated attack.   But atheists got all but three of the spaces this year because of a new lottery system. The coalition got two spots and one went to Isaac Levitansky of Chabad Channukah Menorah.   (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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Most of the Christmas nativity scenes that churches had placed in a Santa Monica coastal park for decades have been displaced by non-religious displays. This year atheists got all but three of the spaces because of a new lottery system. The Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee got two spots, and one went to Isaac Levitansky of Chabad Channukah Menorah.

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