Allegheny County v. ACLU
In Allegheny County v. ACLU, 492 U.S. 573 (1989), the Supreme Court again considered the constitutionality of a holiday display. Allegheny County involved two different displays.
The first display was a cr?che located on the Grand Staircase of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Courthouse. Id. at 580.
The second display was a menorah placed next to a Christmas tree and a sign saluting liberty, all of which were located just outside the Pittsburgh City-County Building. Id. at 582.
The cr?che display was surrounded by a fence and a poinsettia floral frame and included small evergreen trees but did not include traditional secular holiday figures.
The cr?che had at its crest an angel bearing a banner that proclaimed "Gloria in Excelsis Deo," which translates to "Glory to God in the highest." Id. at 580 & n.5.