The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Court avoids dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court in June let stand a ruling that says a school acted unconstitutionally when it held graduation ceremonies in a megachurch. Elmbrook School District. v. Doe involved a Milwaukee suburban high school that rented the nondenominational Elmbrook Church for its graduations multiple times through 2009. In 2012 the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called the events “offensive” and “coercive.” The church’s banners, pamphlets, Bibles and other religious materials remained in the sanctuary during the ceremonies. As is their custom, the justices didn’t give a reason for declining to hear the case.


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