The Supreme Court, by approving a town’s Christmas season display, lessened the strict separation of church and state that had typified many of its decisions.
By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court upheld a Rhode Island town’s display of a nativity scene because it was accompanied by many Christmas decorations and secular, seasonal items. In the opinion for the Court, Chief Justice Warren Burger
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