Notable Items:

Venue: Supreme Court of the United States
Opinion of the Court: Lynch v. Donnelly (1984)

Issue(s) Before the Court:

Does the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment prohibit a municipality from including a creche, or Nativity scene, in its annual Christmas display.

Petitioner's Claim(s):

The city contends that the purposes of the display are "exclusively secular."

Respondent's Claim(s):

Holding(s) and Disposition:

Held: No.
Disposition: Court of Appeals reversed.

Material Facts:

Procedural History:


Burger Majority Opinion (White, Powell, Rehnquist, O'Connor)

O'Connor Concurrance (null)

Brennan Dissent (Marshall, Blackmun, Stevens)

Blackmun Dissent (Stevens)

Full Recounting of Facts

Majority Full Argument