Connecticut School Board Agrees To Stop Holding Public High School Graduations In Church

In a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union last week, the Enfield Board of Education in Bloomfield, Connecticut, agreed to stop holding high school graduation ceremonies in a church. The settlement culminates in a victory for the group of organizations which sued the board in May 2010 on behalf of two students and their parents who argued that their First Amendment right to religious freedom was violated by having graduation ceremonies at The First Cathedral in Bloomfield, where banners read “Jesus Christ is Lord” and “I am GOD.” After a federal judge initially issued an injunction on the basis that graduations inside the church would be an unconstitutional endorsement of religion, the school board decided to stop using overtly religious settings for public school functions.

Angela Guo