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Courthouse Nativity

I've resisted commenting, up until now, about the latest tempest in a teapot in our community: the controversy over what, if any, kind of displays should be allowed on the Loudoun County Courthouse lawn.

When we first moved to Leesburg in 1999, I was stunned to see a nativity set erected on the courthouse lawn.
The reason I say that is, we'd lived in Washington D.C., Alexandria, and Arlington prior to moving here. In those places, such a display on public land, even if allowed by government authorities, would likely be challenged by the ACLU within minutes.
So seeing Joseph and Mary bowing down before baby Jesus on the courthouse lawn was a kind of culture shock. Not an entirely unpleasant one...just a shock, that an overtly religious display would first be allowed, and then go unchallenged.
But each year since, I've been kind of holding my breath, wondering when this controversy would come to Leesburg.
Well, here it is.
First, (several years ago) there was the fumbling at…