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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Third Circuit upheld religious holiday song performance ban

On November 24, 2009, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that a school district's policy prohibiting the performance of religious holiday songs did not violate the First Amendment of the US Constitution. The plaintiff had argued that the policy of the School District of South Orange and Maplewood in New Jersey, which prohibited the performance of religious holiday music, had the impermissible purpose and effect of condemning religion. In rejecting this claim, the court held that the policy was neutral toward religion and that it was a permissible way to ensure that the school did not violate the First Amendment by promoting religion.

Learn more about the legal treatment of religion in the US from the JURIST news archive, and the Establishment Clause from Cornell University's Legal Information Institute.




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