LITTLE ROCK 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.