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Originally published November 1, 2009 at 12:19 AM | Page modified November 1, 2009 at 12:48 AM

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No repeat for battle of holiday displays in Olympia

The state is trying to avoid another holiday-season controversy by barring religious and other nongovernmental displays inside buildings at the Capitol campus.

The state is trying to avoid another holiday-season controversy by barring religious and other nongovernmental displays inside buildings at the Capitol campus.

The new rules were signed Friday by the director of the Department of General Administration. They do still allow the annual holiday tree inside the Capitol Rotunda.

Last year, a Nativity display at the Capitol stirred controversy after a Wisconsin-based atheist group put up a nearby placard mocking religion. A number of other displays followed, and the state eventually declared a moratorium.

The dueling displays might just move outdoors. Religious displays are OK outside the Capitol buildings.

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