Brief Fact Summary. Religious holiday decorations were displayed on some of the city’s major governmental buildings.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. Government may not endorse a particular religion. Endorsement is determined by the context of the use of religious symbols.
The United States Supreme Court has interpreted the Establishment Clause to mean that government may not promote or affiliate itself with any religious doctrine or organization, may not discriminate among persons on the basis of their religious beliefs and practices, may not delegate a governmental power to a religious institution, and may not involve itself too deeply in such an institution's affairs.View Full Point of Law