'Rally for the Nativity'
It's a traditional Christmas symbol that has caused national controversy, the Nativity scene that sits on the Henderson County courthouse grounds.
After the Freedom from Religion Foundation, an atheist group in Wisconsin, deemed the display discriminating toward those who don't share the christian faith, pastors in the area organized a rally to save the Nativity scene.
Thousands showed up in Athens, some from the East Texas area, other from across the state, and some even from out-of-state.
The FFRF argues that the display is an unconstitutional endorsement of the Christian faith.
They also want to put up their own banner starting next year stating that there is no heaven or god.
Nativity supporters have also taken to getting signatures to save the display.
Before Saturday, the group reported to have 3,000 signatures.
Their goal is 17,000.