Proposed Nativity Scene Draws Objection

Clarksville, TN – Tennessee Pastor Steve Estep says Grace Church of the Nazarene will present its nativity scene in Clarksville despite objections from the American Civil Liberties Union. Estep says the church went through the proper channels to present the display and won't let objections diminish their celebration. ACLU attorney Tricia Herzfeld says they're not asking that the city do away with the observance, but rather implement an "equal-access" policy for other religious and non-religious groups. She says the ACLU also wants the city to state its non-endorsement and not provide funds for a religious display. City spokeswoman Christie Hill says the plan has been to present the display December 11th and 12th when Grace Church is planning performances at the city's annual holiday festivities.