Crosses

Pensacola, Florida’s maintenance of a 34-foot Latin cross in a city park does not violate the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, the Eleventh Circuit ruled. The circuit had affirmed a lower court’s decision ordering the removal of the cross but the Supreme Court vacated after determining that a 32-foot Latin cross on public land in Maryland was constitutional.

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Judge Rules Feds Didn’t Violate Establishment Clause

A federal judge in San Francisco struck down a lawsuit Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union that claimed U.S. Health and Human Services violated the separation of church and state by allocating millions of dollars to faith-based groups that took in unaccompanied immigrant minors but refused to give them birth control or access to abortions.

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Seventh Circuit Hears Dispute Over High School’s Live Nativity

A venerable Seventh Circuit judge asked an ACLU lawyer Tuesday if a high school performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion” would violate the U.S. Constitution. Reacting to the lawyer’s unfamiliarity with the piece, Judge Frank Easterbrook said, “Oh dear, that is a problem,” before lecturing the lawyer on the sacred oratorio’s importance as one of the greatest pieces “in the history of music.”

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