By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff
District 10 State Rep. Jim Pitts today called the nativity scene on the Henderson County Courthouse lawn a “community tradition.”
“I’m disturbed that an out of state group has tried to interject itself into what has been an annual tradition at the Henderson County Courthouse for many years,” Pitts said. “That nativity scene is a holiday tradition for the entire community, and shouldn’t be used as a tool for some group to pursue an extreme agenda.”
Monday, Henderson County officials received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) demanding the county remove the nativity because “(t)he Supreme Court has ruled it is impermissible to place a nativity scene as the sole focus of a display on government property.”
Pitts, whose district will encompass the west side of Cedar Creek Lake and around to Malakoff after redistricting takes effect, also said he was worried about the possible financial burden of fighting the foundation.
“Henderson County is already facing a difficult budget situation and shouldn’t have to bear an expensive legal bill to simply continue a community tradition,” Pitts said. “I will be keeping a close eye on the situation, and will continue to support the county leadership as we move forward.”