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State lawmakers object to winter solstice display

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 18, 2009 at 4:48 p.m.

— Arkansas lawmakers are objecting to a winter solstice display that a federal judge ordered placed at the state Capitol beside a traditional Christian nativity scene.

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday approved a resolution opposing the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers display, which was set up earlier this week on the state Capitol grounds. The nonreligious display was allowed after a federal judge sided with the group in a lawsuit against the Arkansas secretary of state.

The society said it wanted the display put up to counter the nativity scene, which has been located on the Capitol grounds during the holidays for more than 50 years.

Rep. John Lowery, who introduced the resolution, said he believed the solstice display was disrespectful to Christmas.

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HidyAphrodite says... December 18, 2009 at 6:54 p.m.

There are our lawmakers, huh? I'm speechless.

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pugsy says... December 18, 2009 at 8:23 p.m.

It's about time someone spoke up! Did anyone read the letter on the "Voices" page by Mr. Kelley? Very well written and my sentiments exactly!

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WEPnAR says... December 18, 2009 at 10:15 p.m.

Apparently, the Legislators think that the Solstice Display will cause the downfall of America. This is what Rep Lowery, the sponsor of the Resolution actually said:

“...when we allow idols to be set up on government grounds and we don’t voice our objections, I fear for our country,” he said. “I’m not speaking just from a private belief, but I’m speaking for the district I represent, the people … that are upset, dismayed, angry and actually fearful,” he said. History reflects that “when this is allowed to happen in high places by people in authority, this is what happens: Societies become chaotic, economies collapse and those nations are taken over by other nations. So, I’m fearful for our nation if we don’t rise to this occasion,” Lowery said.

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Talisen says... December 19, 2009 at 2:24 a.m.

Apparently our state Legislators do not take their Oath of office seriously. Did they not swear to uphold the state constitution when they were sworn in?

18. Privileges and immunities - Equality.

The General Assembly shall not grant to any citizen, or class of citizens, privileges or immunities which, upon the same terms, shall not equally belong to all citizens.

24. Religious liberty.

All men have a natural and indefensible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences; no man can, of right, be compelled to attend, erect, or support any place of worship; or to maintain any ministry against his consent. No human authority can, in any case or manner whatsoever, control or interfere with the right of conscience; and no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment, denomination or mode of worship, above any other.

As I see it the state cannot extent one privilege to one group with out doing so to the other. In this case we are referring to the christmas displays. If the State allows one display then it must allow both.

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