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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