Religious groups held a live nativity scene in front of the United States Supreme Court and the Capitol building.
Faith and Action and the Christian Defense Coalition want to declare the true meaning of Christmas and promote public Christmas displays.
"Sadly, we are seeing an erosion and hostility toward public expressions of faith in the public square. This is especially true during the Christmas season," Rev. Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, said.
He explained, "'The Nativity Project' is a reminder that our Constitution provides freedom 'of' religion not freedom 'from' religion."
Rev. Mahoney says if the coalition could get a permit to display a nativity scene in front of the Supreme Court, every person should be able to display one in their own community.
The president of Faith and Action, Rev. Rob Schenck, agreed.
"The fact that we have been granted a permit to hold this 'Live Nativity Scene' in front of the Supreme Court ensures the right for every American to set up these public displays in communities all across America," he said.