On December 12, the Catholic League’s annual nativity scene in New York City’s Central Park was erected in a spot just south of the Park: It was on 5th Avenue, between 58th and 59th Street, in front of the Plaza Hotel.
We deliberately placed it in this spot so that everyone who took the bus down 5th Avenue would not fail to see it. It was our Christmas gift to believers, as well as devout atheists.
Those who object to a religious symbol on public property—unadorned by secular symbols (we are anti-reindeer at the Catholic League)—were outraged. If they objected, they could call the New York City Parks Department which issued us a permit.
We extend our thanks to Ernie Chirico, Joe Agosta and Mike Goldberg of Cross New York for erecting the crèche. Their kind help is much appreciated.