A town in Arkansas has vowed to preserve its traditional nativity scene despite the threat of lawsuits.
The Nativity Scene was held annually in the City of Eureka Springs for over 70 years until the city was threatened with lawsuits in 2019.
The person making the threat claimed the city was “trying to establish a religion” by placing the scene in a public park.
The owner of the Nativity Scene, the Great Passion Play, started roaring on social media when he heard about the threat of lawsuits.
“The Eureka Springs Mayor and City Attorney demand that we (The Great Passion Play) remove the nativity scene from the city’s Basin Park. We ask for your prayers when Christmas is a national holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ,” Randall Christie, executive director of The Great Passion Play, posted on Facebook over the weekend. “Nativity Scenes were built from 1950 to his 72 Christmas time. Passion Play is a regular Christmas decoration for Beta His Sigma His Phi as a public service to the community. We offer it as part of
The Great Passion Play is a reenactment of the last weeks of the life of Jesus Christ in the city’s 4,000-seat outdoor amphitheater.
The city includes Christ of the Ozarks, Holy Land Tour, Tabernacle of Moses in the Wilderness, Part of the Berlin Wall, Church in the Woods, Bible Museum, Sacred Museum, Movie With God, and The Great Passion Play Web Noah’s Ark Park Petting Zoo, according to the site.
On Monday morning, Mayor Butch Berry called Christie and told him that the nativity scene was fine.
Christie wrote on Facebook, “I have personally informed Eureka Springs Mayor Butch Berry that he has changed his mind and has written to me not to request that the nativity scene be removed from the city’s Basin Park. “He and I are united in fighting this potential lawsuit. We are united in defending Christ and the Nativity at Christmas in Eureka Springs!!! I am proud of Mayor Berry for making the right decision.”
“People rushed in, posted pictures, said, ‘Don’t take it down, don’t take it down’ and the mayor heard people screaming,” Christie said, according to local reports. Station KNWA.
“It’s such a big part of Eureka Springs, Arkansas decor and tradition that no one asks you to worship anything,” Christie said.