Temporary Ruling Bans Nativity at State Capitol

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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

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