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Census Poster Features Jesus; Violation of Church/State?

This census poster is generating a lot of controversy - some are calling it blasphemous:

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Someone against the poster (all quotes via USA Today):

The Rev. Miguel Rivera, chairman of the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders, says invoking the name of Jesus to promote the 2010 Census is "blasphemous" and "violates the concept of separation of church and state." Using the name of Jesus for "a political and secular intention, it is definitely an assault against our Christian faith," Rivera says.

Someone in favor of the poster:

Government did not pay or play a role in creating the posters, says Nick Kimball, spokesman at the Commerce Department, which oversees the Census Bureau. "We work with people from all walks of life to get an accurate count but do not provide funding," he says ... Tying the Census to the Christmas story strengthens the message, Cruz says, because "Mary and Joseph, who were both God-fearing, decided they needed to participate."

What do you think of the poster? Are you in favor of it, or against it, and why?


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