New Mexico town of Belen in fight to keep Nativity scene
BELEN, N.M. (AP) — For nearly a quarter of a century, a year-round Nativity scene made of metal has rested in the little town of Belen, New Mexico.
Now Belen — Spanish for Bethlehem — is fighting to keep the Nativity scene on city property and officials may even sell the land to a private owner in order to preserve the iconic art.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation wants Belen to remove the images and is threatening legal action if it’s not removed from public land.
To: City Manager Jay Ruybalid
CC: Mayor Jerah Cordova
I would like to discuss the procedure required to place a holiday display on near the Belen nativity.
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