What legal argument can be made to say that Christians have the right to display religious symbols in public places?

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From a legal point of view, the best way to make this argument is to say that, when Christians display religious symbols in public places, it does not amount to a government endorsement of those symbols.

The Establishment Clause (as it is understood today) forbids the government from promoting a given religion.  But it does not forbid individuals from expressing their religious beliefs.  The argument you should make is that displaying religious symbols in public places is simply a statement of personal belief.  Since it is just a statement of personal belief, it should be legal under the First Amendment.  

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