Mary and Joseph famously found no room at the inn, and likewise, they won’t find any at the capitol building in Lincoln, Nebraska. A coalition of atheist groups booked out every available space for the week around Christmas to ensure that there will be a secular celebration instead of a traditional Nativity scene. The exhibition — “Reason this Season” — includes an 8-foot “Happy Humanist” next to a “Reason Tree” dedicated to science and “human intellectual achievement,” reports The Guardian.
“It’s going to be a big shindig,” says Chris Clements of Lincoln Atheists. “Our message is that it’s a secular government and religion has to stay separate from that. And it’s meant to communicate that atheists are not bad people – we can be good without God.” To make the case for separation of Church and State even clearer, the exhibition will include miniature churches, temples and mosques separated by a wall from a miniature White House and Capitol Building.