Plano Christian Candy Cane Dispute Reaches High Court

candycanes Plano Christian Candy Cane Dispute Reaches High Court

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PLANO (AP) – A North Texas religious group’s fight over allowing Christian-themed holiday items in schools and the accountability of educators has reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Plano-based Liberty Institute filed an appeal Thursday.

A federal appeals court in September ruled that two elementary school principals in Plano are immune from liability for stopping students from handing out the religious items in late 2003.

Four families sued in 2004, claiming their youngsters were banned from giving away pencils saying “Jesus is the reason for the season” and candy canes with cards describing their Christian origin.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Lynn Swanson and Jackie Bomchill had qualified immunity from facing court damages. But the court ruled that the principals may have violated the children’s free-speech rights.

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  1. Donna Jones says:

    If you want to get a better understanding about the ‘separation of church and state’, a good place to start is by reading the Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. This is a non-fictional historical account of what brought the early colonists to America. If we could get an understanding of what it was like in those early days then we would understand what the need was for creating laws to separate church and state. The bottom line is, Government officials are not allowed to pass laws forcing people to live by religious beliefs, with penalties imposed such as fines and incarceration, if you break those laws.
    Schools, courthouses and any other state run agency should have the same rights of religious freedom as we individuals have.
    The candy canes would fall into the category of expressing a right NOT as a rule of law with penalties imposed on those who don’t accept it.
    Understand what that law of separation from state and church is REALLY about. Go back in the history to understand WHY it was established here in America.

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