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Judge: Elkhart school’s Christmas program didn’t violate law

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP): A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that an Elkhart high school’s Christmas program last year didn’t violate Constitutional prohibitions against the endorsement of religion by public entities.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation sued Concord schools last October, saying the Concord High School annual “Christmas Spectacular” violated the U.S. Constitution by endorsing Christianity. The nonprofits represented a student, his father and two other parents in the suit.

U.S. District Court Judge Jon DeGuilio of South Bend ruled Wednesday that the 2015 program “bore little resemblance to the religious presentations of previous years.”

DeGuilio didn’t rule on claims related to the 2014 program or another proposed version of the show. Instead, he called for a briefing as to whether those claims remain and what solution may be appropriate.

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