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Nativity scene on
UT campus draws a stir

Nativity scene on
UT campus draws a stir

A Nativity scene that features a gay couple standing in for Joseph and Mary, a terrorist as an angel, and Lenin, Stalin, and Marx as the three wise men is causing a stir on the University of Texas campus in Austin, according to Austin television station KVUE.

The gay couple, Gary and Joseph, is part of what the Young Conservatives of Texas is calling its "ACLU Nativity scene."

"The idea is to bring attention to the ACLU and also to bring attention to the issue of taking down Nativity scenes during the Christmas season or trying to silence, you know, the word Christ and the word Christmas," Tony McDonald of the Young Conservatives of Texas told KVUE.

Will Harrell, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, called the scene "festive," adding that because the group enjoys First Amendment rights, it should be allowed to display the scene. "Keep in mind, nothing in the First Amendment requires that you be accurate about the information. The First Amendment protects parody as well," he said to the station. (The Advocate)

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