In a case in my city a couple of years ago. A large building that once housed a business was donated to a local church. This donated building was located on the main street of the city. The city government blocked the use of this building as a church.<quoted text>
I don't personally know any atheists that want to thwart your freedoms. I love diversity. Some of my best friends are Christians. Some of my friends are Daoists. Don't put your Nativity scene on my government's property and I won't steal your baby jesus doll. It's as simple as that :)
It seems the city didnt want a church on the main street. They wanted the church to move somewhere in the back and out of the way. The city was in violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. This law came about because governments were zoning out churches.
Once the city realized that the public was aware of the law. The rescinded their decision reluctantly. So government has and does try to block religious freedom.
When it comes to nativity scenes. Im in agreement with you. These nativity scenes should not be on government property. There are plenty of churches and private property to display nativity scenes.