Wednesday, January 09, 2002

According to the Washington Post, it is an old custom for Catalonians to hide a figurine of a defecating man in their otherwise-traditional Nativity scenes. Nobody seems to have raised the burning question: would a Catalan-style creche on US government property violate the Establishment Clause? After all, the presence of "non-religious" seasonal displays can, according to some Supreme Court rulings, render a partially religious Christmas scene First Amendment-safe. So we must ask--do the Catalan figurines achieve separation of church and state? And if so, which is which?

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