Thursday, February 22, 2007
THEY AREN'T KEEPING SPIRITS VERY BRIGHT:
SUPREME COURT WON'T REVIEW
ANTI-CHRISTIAN SCHOOL HOLIDAY POLICY
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review a school lawsuit out of New York City that challenges the constitutionality of an anti-Christian school policy.
The decision Tuesday ends the appeal of the policy, which permits the display of the Jewish menorah and Islamic star and crescent in NYC public schools during the holidays of those two religions, but bans the display of Nativity scenes in the days approaching Christmas.
The NYC schools have more than 1 million students in 1,200 schools.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit had upheld the constitutionality of the ban against the Christian symbols. Those judges said the ban on Christian symbols while allowing the minority religious symbols would teach "pluralism" and "tolerance." But it was a sharply-divided court. Usually, the U.S. Supreme Court will take appeals in which the lower court vote was close, and a clear constitutional issue has been raised. That didn't happen this time.
No candy canes in THEIR stockings next year!
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