Protests planned after Nativity scene moved from NC courthouse square

Church group vows to fight for Nativity scene back on public grounds in Dallas
Published: Dec. 15, 2014 at 5:37 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2015 at 5:38 PM EST
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DALLAS, NC (WBTV) - A group called 'Dallas Live Nativity' is fighting to keep a Christmas tradition at the heart of town.

At 7 p.m. Monday, demonstrators plan to gather in protest after town leaders decided to move a Nativity scene off public property.

Community members told WBTV the religious decorations had been placed in Dallas' Courthouse Square for 40 years.

This year, town leaders moved it off public property after they received complaints from the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The foundation claims it violates the separation of church and state.

The Nativity is now on private property about a block away from the Courthouse Square.

In response to the move, dozens of people in Dallas gathered over the weekend to put on a live nativity.

They also launched a movement on Facebook. The group, Dallas Live Nativity, said online that dozens of people plan to hold a live Nativity at the Courthouse Square every night through Christmas.

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