SANTA MONICA (CBS) — Christmas will be a lot darker this year along Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica after a vote to prohibit any unattended religious displays at Palisades Park.READ MORE: One Injured In Beverly Hills Shooting Outside Restaurant
The city council voted unanimously to stop churches, synagogues, atheists and other groups to display nativity scenes or other exhibits, ending a city tradition that spanned over six decades.
The vote was met with angry outbursts at City Hall.READ MORE: Shipping Container Crushes Car in Wilmington
“It’s about God versus the devil,” said one resident.
“Y’all say you love the Lord but no one prayed,” another man shouted. “David was a great king, he prayed to God and sought him first.”
Before Tuesday’s vote, the city reduced the number of displays from 14 booths down to three after a non-local atheist group complained in December of last year.MORE NEWS: LA City Council Presented With Motion To Suspend Ridley-Thomas
Since 1953, a coalition of 13 churches and the Santa Monica Police Officers Association have sponsored a seasonal display in Palisades Park of 14 dioramas depicting the nativity story.