Allegheny County v. ACLU: Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Christmas Displays

Allegheny County v. ACLU: Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Christmas Displays

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Argued: County of Allegheny v. ACLU Greater Pittsburgh Chapter - The Supreme Court will rule that while a creche display on public property is unconstitutional, a menorah display on another piece of public property is not.

In its final decision the Supreme Court will conclude:

"...the creche sits on the Grand Staircase, the "main" and "most beautiful part" of the building that is the seat of county government. No viewer could reasonably think that it occupies this location without the support and approval of the government.

Thus, by permitting the display of the creche in this particular physical setting, the county sends an unmistakable message that it supports and promotes the Christian praise to God that is the creche's religious message...

The Establishment Clause does not limit only the religious content of the government's own communications. It also prohibits the government's support and promotion of religious communications by religious organizations."
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