Santa Monica OKs Nativity Ban

    Nativity Scene

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    Don’t expect to run into the baby Jesus in Santa Monica anytime soon. A federal judge ruled that the city may block nativity scenes from public spaces. Atheists have clashed with church groups in the region in recent years, battling over city spots historically reserved for such displays. While some say the ruling is in line with separation of church and state, angry churchgoers have labeled the city a modern-day Pontius Pilate.

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