The ruling Thursday by U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins denied the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee's request to install Nativity and other seasonal displays in Palisades Park, a public park.
The committee filed suit in October after the City Council voted to prohibit private, unattended displays in city parks, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.
"This is a victory for atheists, anti-Christians and people who don't believe the First Amendment belongs as much to religious speakers as it does to secular and anti-religious speakers," William J. Becker Jr., an attorney for the Committee, said in a statement.
Becker said the group would place its displays on private property at a local industrial park.
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