Virginia County Continues Annual Battle over Nativity

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A battle over Christmas displays is becoming an annual event in Leesburg, Va.

Officials in Loudon County have been displaying a Christian nativity scene on government property at the local courthouse for years.

This year the display also included a menorah.
   
Local atheists said the display is unconstitutional and are now pressing to have a permanent holiday display of their own.
    
Members of the American Atheists have been fighting the county on the holiday display for years.
  
Residents on both sides of the display controversy have been weighing in on the issue.

"As a parent it makes it a little bit more difficult because I have to have conversations with my children that they're not necessarily ready to have.  Personally I take a more traditional view of Christmas, so I'd prefer you know one town display," said Leesburg resident Duane Hart.

"I think it's great to see both ends of the spectrum represented," Shannon Schriener commented. "I don't understand what the battle is? As I said I'm for everybody, live and let live."

Meanwhile, county officials have been trying to come up with a plan to solve the issue.

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