The Washington State Capitol will no longer allow nativity scenes, but a holiday tree will still be displayed during the Christmas season.
That's part of a new temporary ruling after protests erupted last winter over holiday displays.
Hundreds protested a sign that was placed next to the nativity scene by the atheistic Freedom from Religion Foundation.
The sign said religion was myth and superstition.
Officials hope to have a permanent rule in place later this year.
They say a holiday tree is permitted because the state is taking it over from previous sponsors.
*Originally published August 25, 2009