Legal Threats Dangle Over Capitol Christmas Tree

October 9, 2009

Author: Angela Abbamonte

Source: Religion

Arizona schoolchildren are busy making 5,000 ornaments to decorate the 2009 Capitol Christmas Tree, but have been told by federal officials that the ornaments “may not reflect religious or political themes.”

That restriction has resulted in the threat of legal action by a conservative Christian law firm if the rules are not relaxed by Sunday, the day before the deadline to submit the ornaments.

“Banning Christmas from the Capitol Christmas tree is just absurd,” said Jonathan Scruggs, litigation staff counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, in a press release.

ADF attorneys wrote a letter to federal and state officials, defending the First Amendment rights for students to express religious viewpoints.