Nattering nabobs of buttinski-ism file lawsuit against local school districts for daring to hold a graduation ceremony in a -- wait for it -- church (where presumably they might get God cooties.)
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned three Wisconsin public school districts and a community college that they may face litigation if they do not stop holding graduation ceremonies in a church.
In letters sent today, Americans United advised officials at the Elmbrook School District in Brookfield, the Mukwonago Area School District in Mukwonago and the New Berlin School District in New Berlin that their actions violate the First Amendment. In addition, a similar letter was sent to officials at Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee.
“Graduation is a public event that must welcome all students, parents and families,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Holding the ceremony in a Christian church replete with sectarian symbols inevitably makes some attendees feel left out.”
All four educational institutions have been holding graduation ceremonies at Elmbrook Church. The church has a 30-foot cross hanging at the front of the sanctuary directly above where the graduation speakers stand and where students line up to receive their diplomas. Church officials have said they would not cover up the cross.
My question: Was Anne Laurie Gaylor out of town? Away from the phone? Incapacitated? Why did we need to bring in this group of nabobs from out of town?