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Court: Wisconsin Schools' Church Graduation Unconstitutional

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    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2012 Jul 24
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A federal court has ruled that two Wisconsin high schools violated the U.S. Constitution by holding graduations at a church, CBN News reports. After Brookfield Central and Brookfield East High schools both held their graduation ceremonies at Elmbrook Church, a group of students and parents argued the schools had violated the separation of church and state. With a 7-3 vote on Monday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a previous court decision that the schools had done nothing wrong, arguing students were exposed to "religious messages" by the cross in the church sanctuary and religious pamphlets and hymnals in the pews.