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City can handle nativity issue without help

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at the Intercontinental Hotel in Addison.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at the Intercontinental Hotel in Addison.

The town of Orange took down its City Hall nativity scene, and Gov. Greg Abbott got into the middle of something he shouldn’t have.

The Orange County Atheists group asked to put a “Happy Holidays” sign next to the nativity scene, but the city manager, Shawn Oubre, denied the request. Then Oubre moved the nativity scene to a private park to avoid possible legal action. The group says it didn’t ask for the nativity scene to be dismantled or moved.

The issue miffed some townsfolk, but it made sense to avoid possible legal repercussions until the City Council could get involved.

Then Abbott released a statement urging the city to “to stand up to the demands of a select few who wish to see God thrown out of the public square,” and so did Attorney General Ken Paxton. That blew up the simple issue into something else entirely.

The city of Orange has every right to remove a nativity scene from public property, and Abbott or Paxton should not have gotten involved.

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