The reason for the season



Nativity scenes like these displayed at two township Lutheran churches symbolize Christian beliefs and renew the Biblical hope expressed in John 3:16. For believers, the seasonal displays are common at churches, homes, businesses and other venues but in recent times they have drawn protests from nonbelievers when erected on public lands. All is peaceful here but a Nativity display is at the center of a storm in Lansing where reportedly one is being placed on the Capitol lawn to counter a display being erected by a Detroit Satanist group. Displays on the Capitol lawn are required to be dismantled each day because of a rule against permanent displays Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, has led the charge to erect and dismantle the Nativity each day. According to his Facebook page, the Nativity display, donated by Bronner’s of Frankenmuth, was to be unveiled on Friday, Dec. 21. Jones said he received about 500 offers of help to put up and take down the display every day.



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