TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — The group that sets up the nativity scene at the Florida Capitol is holding out this year.READ MORE: Gov. Ron DeSantis: 'Some Wanted To Defund Police, We're Funding The Police;' First Responders To Receive $1,000 Bonuses
Florida Prayer Network President Pam Olsen said Friday in a letter emailed to the media that she decided it wasn’t the right time to have another debate over religious displays in the Capitol.
She cited the feelings of grief, anger and fear created by shootings and attacks in the United States and abroad. Olsen said not setting up the display would be a greater show of peace.READ MORE: CBS4 Exclusive: Fort Lauderdale City Manager Gives Tour Of City Hall Where COVID Restrictions Have Been Lifted
Past nativity scenes have spurred protests, including a Festivus pole made of beer cans, a Flying Spaghetti Monster tribute and a satanic display.
Olsen said she isn’t giving in to the protests and will consider the display in future years.MORE NEWS: Small Business Week: Miami-Dade Launches ‘Strive 305’ Initiative To Empower Local Biz Owners
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