Atheists Mock Nativity with Satirical Display in Texas State Capitol; Gov. Greg Abbott has the Last Word

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national group of atheists, love to use Christianity as a punching bag. While I cannot recall them ever attacking any other religion, they find something related to Christianity to sue over or make fun of all the time. This must be their favorite time of year, when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day.

The atheists have a field day with mocking Christianity on the most holy of days, Christmas, and tried to do so in Texas. Governor Greg Abbott, however, is having none of it.

The atheists were approved to put up a display on the first floor of the state capitol. As is typical, they used their display to mock the nativity scene, the birth of Jesus Christ. Perhaps they thought they would be cute about it by using images that would also mock conservatives. They had cardboard cutouts of the Founding Fathers and the Statue of Liberty with the Bill of Rights in a manger.

Image: Freedom From Religion Foundation

Image: Freedom From Religion Foundation

Abbott did not think this was cute and vehemently opposed what he called a “juvenile parody” that mocked the nativity. He tweeted his opposition to the atheists’ display on Tuesday.

In addition, he sent a letter to the State Preservation Board, the office that approved the display, and explained precisely why the atheists’ parody should not be allowed in the capitol.

First, far from promoting morals and the general welfare, the exhibit deliberately mocks Christians and Christianity. The Biblical scene of the newly born Jesus Christ lying in a manger in Bethlehem lies at the very heart of the Christian faith. Subjecting an image held sacred by millions of Texans to the Foundation’s tasteless sarcasm does nothing to promote morals and the general welfare. To the contrary, the Foundation’s spiteful message is intentionally designed to belittle and offend, which undermines rather than promotes any public purpose a display promoting the bill of rights might otherwise have had. The Board has allowed and should continue to allow diverse viewpoints to be expressed in Capitol displays. But it has no obligation to approve displays that purposefully mock the sincere religious beliefs of others.

The display mocking Christianity was removed. Of course, the atheists are furious.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the atheist group said that the display was reportedly removed this week, with co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor lambasting Abbott’s actions.


“Ironically, the very document that our display was honoring is what protects this form of expression,” she said.


“Government officials cannot censor our speech because they disagree with our secular message.” She continued, “It’s Abbott’s action that is immoral — and unconstitutional, not our display honoring the Bill of Rights.”


The Freedom From Religion Foundation intends to take legal action to remedy the situation.

Governor Greg Abbott has not been one to shy away from his defense of Christianity, so he will not be easily intimidated. In May of this year, Abbott tweeted a bible verse and, as usual, the left responded with hate and vitriol. It has not stopped him from expressing his Christian faith in social media. On December 22, he tweeted a Christmas meme to the troops with the words “God Bless.”

Haters are gonna hate, but they won’t stop Governor Greg Abbott. He constantly sends the message “Don’t Mess with Texas.”

About the Author

Jennifer Burke
Jennifer Burke
Jennifer is a Co-Founder of PolitiStick and the Editor-in-Chief. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a certified teacher with 12 years experience in the classroom. Jennifer attended what is credited for being the first modern-day Tea Party rally in the country in the Seattle area and from there emerged as a powerful speaker and writer within the movement. While still in Washington State, Jennifer was selected to be a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI), a program which identified future conservative leaders. Jennifer worked as the National Outreach Director for one of the largest conservative groups in the country and served as Managing Editor and writer for what quickly grew to become one of the top 15 conservative sites in the country. She brings to Politistick a passion for the fight for freedom for current and future generations.

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