Chattanooga Update

After an uproar over a decision to eliminate the nativity scene from the Grand Illumination holiday event, officials have now found a way to retain it.

“We believe we have found a solution that will enable us to continue this tradition and to do it in a way that avoids any legal entanglements, and most importantly allows us to be respectful and inclusive of our diverse community faith groups.

“We are identifying private property in the event area on which to present the live nativity scene. We have extended an invitation to Soddy-Daisy First Baptist Church to continue the presentation there, and they have accepted. At the same time, we are extending invitations to other faith communities to celebrate their holiday traditions at the Grand Illumination.”

Jesus can be “born” on private property – He just can’t be “born” in a city park.

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