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Supreme Court says cities can display Nativity scenes

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities can display Nativity scenes to celebrate the Christmas holidays. The 5-to-4 ruling declares that the Constitution does not ''require complete separation of church and state'' but calls for ''accommodation, not merely tolerance of all religions, and forbids hostility toward any.''

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Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Warren Burger said the court declined to take a ''rigid, absolutist'' approach to the separation between church and state.

The decision reverses a lower-court ruling that banned a city-owned exhibit depicting the birth of Christ Jesus in downtown Pawtucket, R.I.

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