Abbott backs Athens nativity scene

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Associated Press

Posted on December 16, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 17 at 12:26 AM

ATHENS, Texas (AP) — The Texas attorney general has sent a letter to an East Texas county judge, offering his help if the county is sued over its nativity scene.
 
Henderson County officials this month received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The group asked that the nativity scene be removed and seeks to put up its own banner.  County Judge Richard Sanders says the county is complying with federal law and the nativity scene will remain.
 
Attorney General Greg Abbott said his office cannot represent the county in court, but would file legal briefs in support.
 
Backers of the nativity scene plan to rally Saturday.
 
The Athens Daily Review reports hundreds of supporters say they'll be at the Henderson County Courthouse square.
 
Athens is 70 miles southeast of Dallas.

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