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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Hawaiian City Bans "Jesus Dancers" from Holiday Festival

The six girls of the "Jesus Dancers" dance troupe were scheduled to perform at the December 3rd Chula Vista Holiday Festival. Along with their performance would be a Hawaiian prayer dance, a belly dancer, and other "holiday" performers. This was to be followed by a menorah lighting ceremony, conducted by a rabbi. The "Jesus Dancers" were scheduled to perform first, but were held for over an hour. Officials decided to ban the dancers from the festival because their t-shirts included the word "Jesus" and their music was Christian.

The American Family Association Center for Law & Policy (CLP) is representing the dancers in a lawsuit against the city. According to CLP senior trial attorney, Brian Fahling, "The City's conduct was, in a word, inexcusable."

City Sued for Preventing Young 'Jesus Dancers' from Performing at Festival

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