The Establishment Clause and Holiday Law, Part I: Public Displays of Religious Holiday Items

Ursula Furi-Perry

This article is excerpted from The Little Book of Holiday Law, by Ursula Furi-Perry, published by the American Bar Association © 2013.  

As early as middle school, American children learn about the doctrine of separation of church and state, recognized and embedded in our legal system. The courts, however, have long concluded that total separation is impossible. Instead, the courts have employed various tests to determine whether various situations, from city holiday displays to holiday celebrations in schools, violate First Amendment freedoms.

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