Judge sides with Concord High School’s use of mannequins during nativity scene

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A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that Concord High School’s Christmas program last year did not violate Constitutional prohibitions against the endorsement of religion.

The judge stated the inclusion in the 2015 program of descriptions of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa as well as Christmas, aimed “to observe holidays celebrated by different cultures and religions, and conveyed a message of inclusion and education rather than endorsing the religious or cultural content of any of the performances”, according to the Elkhart Truth.

Last year’s program was adjusted to use mannequins to depict the Nativity scene, instead of live performers. This after a lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Concord High School student, his father, and some other parents who charged that the high school’s annual Christmas Spectacular endorses Christianity. They claimed the show violates the U.S. Constitution.

Wednesday’s ruling found that the show as performed in 2015 did not violate the Establishment Clause.

RELATED: Concord Christmas Spectacular: School was “thumbing its nose” at judge’s ruling over live Nativity scene, attorney says

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