The annual Winter Display program was created by Santa Monica nearly 60 years ago to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with a month long nativity scene that extended over a city block. Over the decades, Atheists United has fought to end this illegal use of government resources.
In 2011, Atheists United, Damon Vix and other secularists put up several displays in protest of this blatant government support of religion. Below are two videos that highlight the work to finally end this program and restore balance back to the community.
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During the 30th anniversary party for Atheists United, Michael Khalili and Damon Vix talk about the history of the Santa Monica Winter Display.
In 2012, the city held 2 special hearings to decide what to do. Atheists United organized its members to join the hearings and speak out against the government’s support of religion. This video is a composite of two council meetings. You can hear the two sides argue for/against the Winter Display.
Highlights from the nativity scene supporters:
We have the law on our side and we will continue to fight for separation of government and religion.