Metzl v. Leininger: Good Friday as School Holiday is Unconstitutional Hot

Metzl v. Leininger: Good Friday as School Holiday is Unconstitutional

Metzl v. Leininger

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Argued: Metzl v. Leininger — The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals will rule that Illinois' policy of making Good Friday a school holiday when schools are closed but teachers are paid anyway is unconstitutional because there is no larger secular purpose involved and, hence, the holiday amounts to favoritism towards one religion over others.

Chief Judge Posner writes in the majority decision:

"Some holidays that are religious, even sectarian, in origin, such as Christmas and Thanksgiving, have so far lost their religious connotation in the eyes of the general public that government measures to promote them, as by making them holidays or even by having the government itself celebrate them, have only a trivial effect in promoting religion. Even Easter is becoming gradually secularized...

Good Friday, however, is not a secular holiday anywhere in the United States... This is not merely our impression. It is the unanimous view of the theologians of diverse faiths who submitted affidavits in the district court. "

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