Court School Ruling

With a federal appeals court ruling that a Wisconsin school district can hold its graduation ceremonies in a church, Americans United for Separation of Church and State is demanding that the case be re-tried.

The organization is appealing the decision concerning the Elmbrook School District to the full Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, hoping for a different answer. And according to Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver, some justices on the court would like to see the ruling reversed.

“I think it’s very clear, however, from a constitutional standpoint that a public school looking at all of the criteria — ease, comfort, cost, and location — can easily pick a church over a secular venue if that is the better facility,” he contends. “And it does not raise a First Amendment Establishment Clause case.” (court ruling)

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