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Atheists Banned Their Town's Nativity Display — but The Way Residents Responded Has Cars Honking in Support

Protesters are using some creative means to make their voices heard after a nativity scene traditionally placed outside of a Dallas, North Carolina, courthouse was banned following atheists' complaints.

While the Christian statues have been moved to private property, Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and other biblical characters were brought to life where they once stood on Monday night, with costumed protesters reenacting Christ's birth as cars whisked by, honking in support.

"I love hearing the honks! It makes me feel good," local resident Brandi Rote, who has been holding signs in support of the nativity's return, told WSOC-TV. "My plan is just to stay here and hold the sign and just listen to what’s going on."

Rote said that she has no plans to stop protesting until the nativity is returned to its traditional spot. It's  a place where it has stood every Christmas season for the past four decades — that is until the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an activist group, complained earlier this year and had it removed.

The nativity is now just one block away on private property outside of an auto shop, but protesters want to see it returned to the courthouse square.

One little boy made his opposition to the removal clear, offering up his candid assessment of the true meaning of the holiday season.

"Christmas is not about snowmen, reindeer, Christmas trees, lights — its about Christ," Coleman Montgomery, a 12-year old protester, told WJZY-TV.

Residents also appeared over the weekend to present the live nativity and a rally titled, "Saving Christmas in Dallas" is planned for Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.


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