Organization asks Supreme Court to dismiss anti-Christmas suit

Posted: Friday, April 06, 2001

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A private group dedicated to religious freedom has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a lawsuit that challenges the observance of Christmas by the federal government.

In a brief filed March 30 on behalf of three federal employees, lawyers from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty claim that observing Christmas is constitutional because celebrating the holiday is not mandatory.

Humbug, responds Richard Ganulin. He filed the anti-Christmas suit in 1998, claiming that Congress violated the separation of church and state when it made Christmas a national holiday more than a century ago. Since then the case has been rejected by a federal judge in Cincinnati and the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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