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Nativity celebration set for Dec. 3 in Statehouse

State Journal Register

Friday, November 29, 2019  |  Article  |  Bernard Schoenburg

The Springfield Nativity Scene Committee will hold its 12th annual celebration in the Statehouse rotunda from noon to 1 p.m. on Dec. 3.

 

The group first placed a Nativity Scene in the rotunda in 2008.

 

Thomas Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas Moore Society, will be keynote speaker. The society is a not-for-profit, Chicago-based national public interest law firm dedicated, according to its website, to restoring respect in law for life, family and religious liberty.

According to Julie Zanoza of Lincoln, chairwoman of the committee, people with a group called Wreaths Across America will also place a wreath during the ceremony to honor all branches of the U.S. military.

 

Back in 2008, Brejcha said having the Nativity scene in the rotunda is a free-speech exercise.

 

“If you can stand on your soapbox, proclaim your politics in America’s public square, then equally you can proclaim your religious faith and the values that that faith enshrines,” he said at the time.

 

And Zanoza’s late husband, Dan, who headed the scene committee at the time, said he thought people across the country should have the choice of placing such displays in public places.

 

“Yes, we would like to see a Nativity scene on Christmas in every town, in every hamlet, in every municipality, but that’s if the people of those communities would like it to be,” Dan Zanoza said. He died in January 2011.

 

Contact Bernard Schoenburg: bernard.schoenburg@sj-r.com, 788-1540, twitter.com/bschoenburg.