A school district in Wisconsin has violated the separation of church and state after holding graduation ceremonies inside a local church.
Since 2000, the Elmbrook School District has held graduation ceremonies for its two high schools, Brookfield Central and Brookfield East, inside the Elmbrook Church after students and families had complained about the conditions inside the school’s gymnasium. According to the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, a lawsuit was filed after nine unnamed plaintiffs contacted the Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Originally, a three judge panel on the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the school district, but the decision has just been overturned. Judge Joel Flaum wrote for the 7-3 majority and explained their reasoning.
“We conclude that the practice of holding high school graduation ceremonies in the Elmbrook Church sanctuary conveys an impermissible message of endorsement.”
The names of the plaintiffs were not giving, but of the nine listed, four were atheist, one described as humanist, three as a religion other than Christian and one not commenting on any religious preference.
The battle over the separation of church and state is gaining steam with each day and the fight is raging on. Earlier this month in Louisiana, through the state’s voucher program, nine different Christian schools received nearly $4 million in taxpayer money. The people of Wisconsin look to have won this round in the fight over separation of church and state, but the next round is already under way.
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