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Jewish World Review Dec. 17, 2002 /11 Teves, 5763


In Cincinnati, religious symbols
back in public square




http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | (UPI) The full Supreme Court Monday refused to allow Cincinnati to keep religious symbols out of the city's Fountain Square.

Justice John Paul Stevens, acting alone, refused the city's request last month. Stevens oversees the 6th U.S. Circuit, which includes Ohio.

When Stevens refused to comply, the city asked the full Supreme Court to allow the religious-symbols ban. The request was denied Monday in a one-line order.

In the underlying case, a Jewish organization asked the city's permission to erect a menorah on Fountain Square to mark the eight days of Hanukkah. The city refused, citing a ban on religious symbols in the public square.

The ban was primarily established to prevent the Ku Klux Klan from erecting a cross in Fountain Square. In the past, Klan crosses erected in the square during holidays have drawn protests.

Though Hanukkah is over, Stevens's order striking down the ban applies to all religious symbols throughout the holidays and at other times.

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(Application No. 02-449, Chabot of Southern Ohio vs. Cincinnati.)


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