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Arkansas Freethinkers to showcase alternative winter beliefs

For the fourth year in a row, Arkansas Freethinkers are showcasing their beliefs on the south side of the state Capitol.
LITTLE ROCK, AR- For the fourth year in a row, Arkansas Freethinkers are showcasing their beliefs on the south side of the state Capitol. It will be located near the nativity scene that's been on display for years during this season.

In Arkansas Freethinkers' minds, this is more than just about free speech. They say educating the public about the winter solstice shows this time of year is not exclusive to Christians.

"This began before many other religions,” David Bentley of the Arkansas Freethinkers said. “There were other savior gods long before Christianity that was born on Dec. 25."

It celebrated on Dec. 21, the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

"Let the public know there's more to the winter solstice season than just Christmas," Bentley said.

The display shows famous free thinkers who share their belief that no supreme god exists.

But outspoken Christians like Jerry Cox with Family Council calls the display disrespectful. He says it bashes those who do believe in the birth of Jesus Christ.

"Some people don't like that but that is the holiday and that's what these decorations are supposed to be about," Cox said.

Despite Cox's reasoning, a federal judge ruled their display is appropriate due to the first amendment.

Freethinkers say their structure provides insight about this natural phenomena, which so happens to coincide with Christmas.

"To say that it's disrespectful for us to want to celebrate too means they're very disrespectful to other traditions." Anne Orsi with the Free Thinkers said.

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