Indiana high school banned from performing live nativity scene goes on with mannequins

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ELKHART, Ind. (December 13, 2015) — After a federal judge banned Concord High School from performing a live nativity scene at their yearly Christmas Spectacular, the school compromised and used mannequins instead of student actors.

According to FOX28, there was applause at the Concord High performing arts center and some people were even moved to tears when the curtain rose to reveal a static Nativity scene.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the school district on behalf of a Concord High School student and his father, arguing that a Nativity scene conveyed an endorsement of religion. And a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction last Wednesday to stop this year’s live scene.

School officials say the injunction only applied to a live scene and that they complied with the judge’s order.

Also, this year the Christmas spectacular included songs about Hanukkah and Kwanza.

“I hope that everybody felt that they were treated fairly,” said Concord High School alum Denise Green-EL.

“It’s very emotional, I was actually tearful when it came out and could go there right now,” said audience member Denise Gooding.

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