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Courthouse Nativity scene gets relocated to church

Sunday - 12/23/2012, 7:00pm  ET

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) -- A Nativity scene that was a longtime part of holiday decorations at the Loudoun County Courthouse but also the subject of controversy has a new home at a nearby church.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/Uhq5YJ) reported Sunday that the display is now on the lawn of the Leesburg Presbyterian Church.

A manger scene has been an annual part of decorations on the courthouse lawn since the 1950s, but in recent years some questioned whether the display was appropriate on courthouse property.

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted earlier this year to buy different holiday decorations including a Christmas tree, Santa Claus, a menorah and a smaller-scale manger scene.

The pastor of Leesburg Presbyterian Church, Deborah Dodson Parsons, says she is glad the display has found a new home.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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