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Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 6:16 am 

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Theme: Freedom of religion
Episode Number: 214
Writer: Marshal YoungerImage
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell
Director:Phil Lollar Image
Scripture: Romans 13:1-7
Album: # 16: Flights of Imagination
Last Air Date: 12/01/2006
Original Air Date: 12/12/92


When the nativity display on city hall grounds is vandalized and destroyed, Whit and the gang come up with a wonderful solution. They decide to do a “living nativity.” It will be complete with narration, costumes, Connie as the virgin Mary, and Eugene as a donkey. Everyone in town thinks it is a smashing success, everyone, that is, except Bart and Rodney Rathbone.

The display is near Barney’s Appliance Cave and is taking customers away from the Electric Palace. Bart decides the living nativity must go! He calls the mayor and files a formal protest, upon which the mayor has no choice but to act. The police shut down the display.

Whit comes up with a solution, though: Instead of celebrating just Christmas, use the city hall lawn to celebrate all of the cultural events that take place in December as well, such as Hanukkah. It isn’t the perfect solution, but it is one that’s legal and one that satisfies almost everybody.

Interesting Facts:

The controversial nature of this story launched an hour-long debate among actors in the studio about the First Amendment and the true meaning of “separation of church and state.” While the discussion was healthy, it sure ate up a lot of studio time!


Bart Rathbone
Bill Jenkins, Mayor
Connie Kendall
Eugene Meltsner
John Whittaker
King, Mr.
Lucy Cunningham-Schultz
Patrick O'Ryan, Officer
Rodney Rathbone

My Review

I think this episode is good, and deals with the issue of seperation of church and state very effectively. More coming soon...

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Coming soon... \:D/ \:D/

Hakeber, please refrain from plagiarizing, this was supposed to be your own work. ~ David O

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