Unveiling Ceremony Set for Tuesday, December 5th 2017 at 3:30pm in Rhode Island
State House Rotunda area under the Christmas Tree.
Providence, Rhode Island – This Christmas Season, the Rhode Island Joy To The World Nativity Lighting Committee will display a nativity scene in the Rhode Island capitol building in honor of the birth of Christ. On Tuesday, December 5th 2017 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm, the Rhode Island Joy To The World Nativity Lighting Committee will host a celebration to unveil the Christmas display depicting the newborn Christ Child, lying in the manger. The nativity scene will be displayed in the rotunda of the Rhode Island State Capitol building, located at 82 Smith Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903 on Tuesday 12/5/2017 and is expected to remain in the State House through January 7th 2018 to include the 12 Days of Christmas. “The nativity scene in the Rotunda represents constitutionally-protected free speech and expression of religious faith by private citizens in a designated public forum,” said Tom Brejcha, Thomas More Society President and Chief Counsel. “The Government is neither censor nor endorser of such religious speech. In the Capitol Rotunda, where political rallies are routinely held during Government sessions, the Government is merely the gatekeeper upholding free speech.”The Tuesday, December 5th event will be open to the public. Emilio's Bakery in West Warwick is donating Christmas cookies for the event. The nativity scene is privately funded and sponsored.