Opinion – Councilman Patrick A. Pullen
In regards to the Nativity scene I feel it necessary to share my thoughts and beliefs with the citizens of Orange.
After speaking with Governor Abbott’s office, the Attorney General’s office and the Alliance Defending Freedom Organization, I have come to the conclusion that the Nativity scene should be replaced in its original location on City Hall property. We, as a city, should be proud to display our beliefs without the fear of reprisal, persecution or retaliation. Unfortunately, in today’s litigious society we live in, we must ensure everything is done to protect our wonderful city and citizens. To protect the city, I urge that as the Nativity is returned we also erect additional scenes such as Santa Claus and reindeers and other holiday figurines. In doing so, I feel we protect the city and citizens the best we can should a problem arise. Doing so will make the community a stronger and closer entity and shows our undivided support to our Lord. It will also send a message that we will not back down.
As your councilman, I can assure you that I will do everything I can to ensure the legal and proper return of the Nativity scene back to City Hall. I will not relent until such return is completed.
I would like to thank Governor Abbott’s office, the Attorney General’s office and the Alliance Defending Freedom Organization for their assistance and support with this. I would also like to thank the Stark Foundation for their acceptance and replacement of the Nativity scene. And, finally, I would like to thank all the citizens of Orange who voiced their opinions and beliefs. I would like to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year. May God bless Orange and its citizens.
Councilman, District 1