Law: Is The Court Hostile to Religion?

A conservative bloc of Justices speaks out on church and state

Christmas came under sharp scrutiny last week at the U.S. Supreme Court, and some groups got coal in their stockings. In a ruling that confused more Americans than it enlightened, the Justices held that the annual display of a Jewish Hanukkah menorah next to a Christmas tree outside Pittsburgh's City- County building was constitutional; yet in the same decision, they concluded that a Catholic-sponsored creche depicting the Nativity in the county courthouse one block away was not. The tenuous principle governing the decision seemed to be the so-called reindeer rule, suggested in 1984 by the court's decision that a government-owned creche...

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