Cannot Hold Graduation in Cathedral

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Mon, 05-31-2010 - 8:58pm

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local-beat/Judge-Says-Enfield-Cannot-Hold-Graduation-in-Cathedral--95283619.html

Judge Says Enfield Cannot Hold Graduation in Cathedral
Updated 8:28 PM EDT, Mon, May 31, 2010

"The town of Enfield cannot hold high school graduation ceremonies at First Cathedral in Bloomfield.

A federal court judge issued a ruling on Monday

Two Enfield high school students and their parents wanted to prevent the school from holding graduation in the church and the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State brought the suit, saying using the church for graduations would be unconstitutional.

“We acknowledge the profound belief of adherents to many faiths that there must be a place in the student’s life for precepts of a morality higher even than the law we today enforce,” the judge wrote. “While agreeing with that principle, it is the conclusion of this court that that “place” is not graduation night at First Cathedral for Enfield High School or Enrico Fermi High School.”

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Mon, 05-31-2010 - 10:09pm

The correct decision, although the way the local news is skewing it today, it seems to be unpopular among the people in Enfield. Heard some students saying they'll boycott their graduation.

Oh yeah! That'll show 'em. So silly. And just plain ignorant of any world view outside their own, it seems.

Glad the judge ruled this way, and I hope they'll find a place they like for their graduations.

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Fri, 06-04-2010 - 8:15am

Biblically, Jesus-parable simple way to see if Enfield is being ridiculous:


Propose to hold the graduation in a Mosque.




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Sat, 06-05-2010 - 8:53pm

A good opinion piece here with some interesting details on this whole sordid affair.

http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/courant-columnists/hc-green,0,3979875.columnist

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Sun, 06-20-2010 - 3:23pm

UPDATE on this story:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100614/ap_on_re_us/us_church_graduation

"Court will wait to hear Conn. graduation appeal
Mon Jun 14, 5:05 pm ET

HARTFORD, Connn. – A federal appeals court has decided not to immediately hear the case of a Connecticut school district that wants to hold high school graduations inside a megachurch.

In denying the town of Enfield's request Monday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals noted that the school board had already decided to hold the 2010 graduations on school grounds even if the appeal succeeded.

The town wanted the court to overturn a temporary injunction issued by U.S. District Court Judge Janet Hall. The judge found that holding the June 23 and 24 graduations at the 3,000-seat First Cathedral Baptist Church would amount to an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion.

Hall is expected to hear the full lawsuit before next year's graduation plans are set."



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The Air shares its spirit with

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