Adoption, abortion and the pledge: Controversial religious liberty cases
Another legal battle with implications for local government entities across the country involves a high school commencement ceremony held in a local church in Wisconsin. A secularist group sued the school district claiming that renting church property violated the constitutional separation of church and state. The Elmbrook School District said it chose the church because it was affordable and had the space to accommodate the secular ceremony. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the plaintiffs, ruling the religious symbols in the church created a risk that the government was endorsing Christianity.
One scholar wrote that if the U.S. Supreme Court takes on the appeal its ruling would have sweeping implications for local government entities that rent or visit the property owned by a religious organization for any purpose, ranging from field trips to polling places.
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