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Church-State Controversy Over Graduation Is Denied Review


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to get into a major church-state controversy over use of church property for a public school graduation ceremony.

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  • Pancho

    A.G. and gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott, in his effort to make Texas voters think he‘s going to be more useful to them than Wendy Davis, frittered away a lot of taxpayer dough on this appeal of the 7th Circuit‘s 7-3 en banc decision against the school district.

    Clearly, holding the graduation ceremony in an evangelical megachurch setting, where there was an appearance that they would be proselytized, was upsetting to some of the graduates.

    Many other Attorneys General from other states, including Wisconsin‘s J.B. Van Hollen, signed on to the amicus brief, looking to grandstand with conservative voters, one assumes.

    The seven other justices were wise to pull the lever to flush this one back to where it should have gone when filed, five years ago. These students who took legitimate offense, have probably graduated from college by now.

    Justice delayed...

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