Wichita, KS — An employee of late-term abortionist George R Tiller stole a nativity scene belonging to Operation Rescue that had been displayed among crosses and other religious items on the public property outside the abortion clinic gate.
The plastic Nativity Scene, consisting of likenesses of Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, and a donkey were placed outside the notorious abortion clinic, as part of a national campaign called The Nativity Project.
The Nativity Project was launched by the Christian Defense Coalition and Faith and Action for the purpose of affirming the message of Christ’s Incarnation as well as the rights to free speech and religious expression. Participants are urged to maintain Nativity Scenes on public property from now until Christmas.
John Rayburn, an employee of Tiller’s who supplies security services for the abortionist, told witnesses that the display was “offensive” to him. He picked up the display and placed it behind the fence that surrounds the abortion clinic parking lot.
Operation Rescue President Troy Newman summoned the police and asked for the return of his property. After some investigation, Officer D. L. Hinners returned the property to Newman who replaced it back onto the public grassy strip.

A report was filed (case number 06C96619) requesting that the charge of petty larceny be filed against Rayburn for stealing the religious display. The District Attorney’s office will make a determination whether or not to pursue the charges.
Operation Rescue is offering free tickets to the movie “The Nativity” to the first 50 people who volunteer to watch over the Nativity display at Tiller’s abortion clinic between now and Christmas.
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Press Release from the Christian Defense Coalition:
Operation Rescue Sets Up Nativity Scene in Front of the Nation’s Most Notorious Abortion Clinic as Part of ‘The Nativity Project’
Group joins with the faith community nationwide placing Nativity Scenes in the public square to share the message of, “Peace on Earth and goodwill toward men,” and affirm free speech and religious expression.
MEDIA ADVISORY, Dec. 14 /Christian Newswire/ — The Christian Defense Coalition and Faith and Action launched “The Nativity Project…a public witness to keep Christ in Christmas” on December 7th on the steps of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
The purpose of “The Nativity Project” is to encourage the faith community across America to display Nativity Scenes at public buildings and in public places during the Christmas Season.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, comments, “We applaud Operation Rescue for putting up this Nativity Display in front of the most notorious abortion clinic in all of America as part of ‘The Nativity Project.’ Our hope and prayer is that as people see the infant Christ it will remind them that all life has dignity, purpose and significance. The message of Christmas is one of peace, hope and inspiration. Not violence and despair. We are thankful that many across the nation are displaying Nativity Scenes in the public square.”
Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, states, “In this Holy Season, Operation Rescue is honoring the Advent of the Christ Child with a Nativity Scene placed on public property in front of the nation’s largest abortion mill. The fact that this Nativity Scene sits so close to a facility where innocent children are killed makes its message even more significant. Abortionist George Tiller, who routinely aborts children in the ninth month, is reminiscent of King Herod’s murderous order to kill all the male children of Bethlehem that were under the age of two.”
For more information contact:
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney 202.547.1735 Cell: 540.538.4741
Troy Newman 316.683.6790