In July of 2012, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Elmbrook School District in Brookfield, Wisconsin violated the First Amendment when it held its graduation ceremonies in Elmbrook Church (an evangelical, non-denominational Christian church) from 2000 to 2009.
That’s not necessarily a Constitutional violation. Sometimes, it’s the only available space in a community large enough to fit a lot of people. It’s okay as long as there’s no overt proselytizing and all efforts are made to minimize the pro-Christian symbols and literature. But, in Brookfield, other venues were available, and this turned out to be a Jesus-pushing, giant-cross-right-on-stage graduation venue.
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