JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A privately funded nativity scene is on display this year inside the Mississippi Capitol.
Justin Barnard, chairman of the Mississippi-based 9/11 Remembrance Foundation, says Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant asked if his group would sponsor the display. It features a barn that's about 4 feet tall, with figures of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.
Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-chair of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, tells The Clarion-Ledger newspaper that her Wisconsin-based group wants to erect a sign near the display in Mississippi that says, among other things, "Religion is but myth and superstition."
Bryant, who's running for governor in 2011, says: "I think it's ridiculous for anyone to find this offensive."
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