Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana, was told by a judge that it could not stage a live Nativity scene in its 2015 Christmas Spectacular, pending a lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In response, the school staged a Nativity scene with mannequins on Dec. 12 (video below).
"I think they have just dug a deeper hole that's going to get a rebuke from the judge, I'm sure, that they did this," Annie Laurie Gaylor, of the FFRF, told Fox 28.
"The fact is that people were erupting in cheers when this was done, I think shows that the majority was made to feel by the school district that they're favored and that they're the insiders," Gaylor added.
“We have no interest in being crazy or breaking the law or violating anything," Scott Sprawling, Concord High School's performing arts director, told The Elkhart Truth. "We were trying to create the right kind of inclusive environment and, at the same time, obey the injunction.”
“To me, the bigger aspect of the show was bringing it to the whole level of excellence the community expects,” Sprawling added. “We have great support from our administration and our community. They really support it, and, as far as I could tell, they were really happy with how it all went down.”
The next hearing date for the case is set for Jan. 7.