State House News informs us that on Wednesday, in the Great Hall in the State House, Representative James Lyons and The Massachusetts Family Institute will be holding their second annual Celebration of Christmas, featuring a view of the nativity.
At last year’s event, Representative Lyons, pictured below, said “our message today is that this is about what Christmas has always been, to us as Christians and I think to a lot of non-Christians also. This is about that message, the message of love, hope and joy.”
His request to put the nativity scene in the State House was initially denied, he said, but was approved after lawyers at the Thomas More Society told State House officials that they would take the matter to court. The effort resulted in a vindication of “religious liberty, freedom of expression, First Amendment, all kinds of things tied into one,” he added.